Money Laundering Case: ED interrogates Rahul Gandhi’s Close Aide
Money Laundering Case: ED interrogates Rahul Gandhi’s close aide, may tighten screws in money laundering case.
Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale was recently arrested in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds collected through donations.
Now in this regard, the Enforcement Directorate has interrogated Alankar Sawai, a close aide of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in the money laundering case and recorded his statement.
Sawai is very close to Congress.
The Enforcement Directorate said that Alankar Sawai has been questioned. Simultaneously, at the beginning of this week, Sawai was confronted with Gokhale for three days in Ahmedabad.
He is a former banker. Sawai is considered a close aide of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi and used to head his research team.
Sawai was summoned after Gokhale’s arrest.
Alankar Sawai was summoned after the ED arrested Saket Gokhale, 35, on January 25 while he was in the custody of the Gujarat Police on charges of raising funds through a crowdfunding platform.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had informed an Ahmedabad court seeking Gokhale’s remand.
Gokhale had taken the name of Sawai in the money received.
The ED had during that time questioned Gokhale about Rs 23.54 lakh deposited in cash in his bank account in a year.
Gokhale told the agency that the money was given in cash by Alankar Sawai of the Indian National Congress for social media work and another consultancy.
ED records Sawai’s statement.
When the ED asked Gokhale why Sawai had paid them in cash, Gokhale said that only Sawai can answer that question.
The ED alleged that those coins deposits had been obtained via way of means of Gokhale whilst he become a member of the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
It was from Gokhale’s statement that Sawai was questioned about these cases and his statement was recorded under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Sawai denied any cash payment.
Official sources said questioning and confronting the two did not help the ED trace the funds even as Sawai has allegedly denied any cash payment
The money laundering case against Gokhale was registered from an FIR by the Gujarat Police