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PNB scam: ED seizes 9 luxury cars of Nirav Modi

Last Modified Thursday, 22 February 2018 (18:20 IST)
Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday continued search at the Mumbai residence of diamond merchant and seized nine cars belonging to Modi and his companies. The vehicles include one Rolls Royce Ghost, two Mercedes Benz GL 350 CDIs, one Porsche Panamera, 3 Honda cars, one Toyota Fortuner and one Toyota Inn. The agency has so far seized assets worth Rs 5,716 crore, as raids continued for the seventh day in connection with the agency's money laundering probe in the alleged Rs 11,400-crore fraud.

Official sources said ED sleuths searched Modi's flat at Samudra Mahal apartments in Worli. The central probe agency also conducted searches at 38 other locations in several cities, including Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Thane, Kolkata, New Delhi, Jammu, Lucknow, Bengaluru and Surat. It seized fresh assets worth Rs 22 crore that include precious stones, cash and gold from the premises of Modi, his relative and business partner Mehul Choksi and others. The agency has so far seized diamonds, gold jewellery and other precious stones worth Rs 5,716 crore in the case and summoned Modi and Choksi, the promoter of to appear before it on Friday at its Mumbai zonal office. 

ED sources said the agency is also talking to senior PNB officials to ascertain how Letters of Understanding (LoUs) are issued and other bank operations done. It also obtained information from the whistle blower in the case, who had said that he raised flags against Choksis' loan in 2013. "We are looking at securing the proceeds of crime. The ED will probe how much illicit wealth was created by the accused in the alleged fraud," a senior official said. It has also sought PNB's audit reports since 2011 from the RBI, they said. The sources said the ED was looking at collecting all financial documents -- personal and official -- of Modi, Choksi and their businesses to take the probe forward and attach properties in the coming days. 

"A number of computer peripherals, hard drives and documents have been seized since the ED raids began on February 15. The seized items are being scrutinised," another official said. ED Director Karnal Singh is also stationed in Mumbai to review the anti-money laundering investigations, which are being conducted by a special team of the agency. The ED is also moving to attach at least two dozen immovable properties of Modi, Choksi and their concerns under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED further said that it has frozen mutual funds and shares worth Rs 94.52 crore of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi groups, in connection with a money laundering probe against them.(UNI)
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