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‘Money laundering’ case: Mittal’s driver fails to depose before ED

Earlier, Mittal’s clerk Ajay Singh had failed to appear before ED despite summons.

Written by JAPJEET DUGGAL | Chandigarh | Published: February 9, 2015 1:52:55 am

Despite being summoned twice by the Enforcement Directorate, advocate Mukesh Mittal’s driver Lal Chand has failed to depose before the ED in connection with the alleged money laundering case in which Mittal and his aides are under the ED scanner.

Lal Chand was summoned by ED on Friday and Saturday. Not only did he not appear, but also did not send any application seeking exemption.

Earlier, Mittal’s clerk Ajay Singh had failed to appear before ED despite summons.

Lal Chand and Ajay Singh were directors in some alleged shell companies which were used for money laundering.

Asked what steps they proposed to take next, an ED official said those who did not respond to summons could be arrested.

In the meantime, the ED has sent requests summoning the income-tax returns of the suspects.

Lal Chand’s income tax returns from 2006 to 2015 have been asked from the IT Department in Sangrur. “These are the years when most of the transactions were made. So these returns will have to be analysed,” said an officer.

ED officials said that Lal Chand and another clerk Praveen Kumar had even given wrong addresses to ED at the time of raids. “They gave addresses of their native towns while both of them live in Chandigarh,” said an official.

Three more persons have been summoned by ED for the coming week, including Y K Goyal and his two sons who are allegedly stake-holders in some of Mittal’s companies.

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