ED arrests suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain below PMLA

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 31

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday arrested suspended Aam Admi Party (AAP) Councillor Tahir Hussain, who’s an accused in a case referring to the riots in north-east Delhi, below the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, and has secured six days custodial remand from a particular courtroom right here.

The officers within the ED mentioned Hussain was arrested in reference to the continued PMLA investigation into his function in cash laundering and funding of the anti-CAA protests and organising riots in north-east Delhi throughout February 2020.

They mentioned the PMLA Investigation was based mostly on a number of FIRs registered by the crime department and Dayalpur Police Station of Delhi police below numerous sections of the IPC, that are scheduled offences below the PMLA.

“Investigation conducted under the PMLA has revealed that companies owned or controlled by Hussain and his relatives transferred huge amounts of money to dubious entities and entry operators, which was returned by them in cash,” a senior ED official mentioned.

The money acquired by Hussain by means of entry operators was allegedly used to gas the anti-CAA protests and Delhi riots, he added.

“Investigations had also revealed alleged involvement of Hussain and his companies in illegal laundering of money in the past too. Searches were conducted by the ED at the residential and business premises of Hussain and his relatives and associates in Delhi, Noida and Greater Noida on June 23, 2020,” the official mentioned,  including that these raids had led to the restoration of incriminating paperwork and items of proof, together with faux invoices, which have been used for the fraudulent switch of cash.

He additionally mentioned over the previous few days, Hussain had been interrogated by the ED officers in Tihar Jail whereas below arrest by Delhi police. Subsequently, he was arrested below the PMLA for his function in cash laundering and dropped at the company’s workplace right here for custodial interrogation.

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