Continuing its investigation in the alleged money laundering case registered against advocate Mukesh Mittal and his aides, the Enforcement Directorate has summoned one of Mittal’s clerks and two relatives for questioning next week.
They are clerk Praveen Kumar, Mittal’s relative Y K Goyal and his son Nishant Goyal. However, Nishant has sought to be examined some other time as he is appearing in some exams.
Mittal had allegedly floated shell companies to launder money raised from sources which the ED is investigating. He had allegedly used the names of his employees and relatives to float and run these shell companies.
ED has already questioned his driver Lal Chand and a former employee Munish Kumar, both of whom have denied any knowledge of the shell companies, the bank accounts and the properties which stand in their names. The papers regarding these were seized during the raids conducted in January at Mittal’s residence and other places.
Praveen Kumar, who is also one of the accused in the case, had briefly deposed before ED when his brother Munish Kumar had deposed on April 6. Praveen had then told ED that he was unaware of any money laundering. He had also said that he was unaware of any properties, companies and bank accounts which stood in his name.
Munish had reportedly told ED that he had signed certain papers for Mittal in order to help Praveen, who was still Mittal’s employee. ED found that transactions worth crores of rupees had been made from one of Munish’s bank accounts, but Munish told ED that he knew nothing about the bank accounts or the transactions.
According to documents seized by ED from various places, both Praveen and Munish were under heavy debts. Munish had reportedly told ED that he and his brother were used by Mittal to buy benami properties in Himachal Pradesh.
Munish and Praveen’s residences were raided by ED on January 13, when it also raided Mittal’s residence. Blank cheques, signed by the two brothers, were seized from Mittal’s residence.
Y K Goyal has also told ED that he had nothing to do with any of Mittal’s alleged shell companies and properties. ED had seized some documents from the residence of Goyal’s relatives relating to some properties in Chandigarh and other places.
‘Can’t stop the media’
During the arguments in the case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday, when Mittal’s clerk Ajay Singh’s counsel Vikram Chaudhary submitted that ED officials were leaking selective information to the media and that too a day before the hearing of the court case, the court said that it cannot stop the media. Ajay Singh, who is one of the accused, has requested for quashing of the case.