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A Special Court sends Parvez Ahmed and other PFI leaders to 7-day ED custody in money laundering case

A special court in Delhi has granted 7-day custodial interrogation of Parvez Ahmed (Chairman), Mohammad Ilyas (Secretary General) and Abdul Muqeet (Office Secretary) to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for their involvement in money laundering in the guise of cash donations.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Delhi: A special court in Delhi has granted 7-day custodial interrogation of Parvez Ahmed (Chairman), Mohammad Ilyas (Secretary General) and Abdul Muqeet (Office Secretary) to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for their involvement in money laundering in the guise of cash donations.

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In this case all the three persons will have to appear along with the statements and tender/recovery documents. The court said that forensic examination of mobile phones seized from their homes should also be done in their presence.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday sought the remand of three office-bearers of the Popular Front of India’s (PFI) Delhi unit, saying Delhi PFI President Parvez Ahmed was part of a criminal conspiracy since 2018. Parvez admitted that he had looked after the donations in Delhi. The investigation revealed that such fund recovery exercise was a sham and the receipts from PFI sympathizers were falsely assumed, while the statements of individuals posing as contributors revealed that these transactions were bogus. Hence, cash from dubious sources was nothing but money taken illegally.

The ED said that Parvez Ahmed was not cooperating in the investigation and was adopting a evasive attitude. The statements of the so-called donors and the evidence seized from different places during the searches, raise further doubts about his activities and involvement in money laundering activities in this case.

The ED pointed out that Parvez Ahmed knowingly did not disclose the true facts and willfully lied and tried to mislead the investigating officer while recording his statement under Section 50 of the PMLA, 2002.

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The ED had sought the remand of the three accused. The ED had said that the role of the three in the criminal act of earning illegally should be probed. There are many offenses involved in this case like concealment, possession and acquisition of money.

Interrogation of him under the custody of Enforcement Directorate to ascertain the role played by him and others in money laundering and illegal activities, to investigate the source of suspicious funds, to understand the methodology employed for money trail and layering, placement and integration etc. mandatory for.

On behalf of the Enforcement Directorate, lawyer Johheb Hussain and Naveen Kumar Matte appeared in a special court. After noteing the arguments given by ED lawyers, Additional Sessions Judge Shailendra Malik gave the three accused in the 7-day remand. ED further said that in a case registered in 2018, PMLA investigations against PFI has shown that in the last few years, more than Rs. 120 crore has been deposited in the accounts of PFI and related institutions and a huge part has been deposited in cash.

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