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Red sanders ‘smuggler’ in ED custody

Badshah Malik was called for questioning on Monday and arrested on Tuesday after he failed to explain the source of about Rs 15 crore received by him.

Written by Khushboo Narayan | Mumbai |
Updated: December 22, 2021 9:54:20 am
The ED has also searched a few premises connected to Malik in the case.

A PMLA court on Tuesday sent an alleged red sandalwood/ red sanders smuggler, Badshah Malik, to ED custody till December 24, in connection with a money laundering case.

Malik was called for questioning on Monday and arrested on Tuesday after he failed to explain the source of about Rs 15 crore received by him. The ED has also searched a few premises connected to Malik in the case.

India has banned the export of red sanders. The ED case against Malik is based on a 2015 case filed by the DRI against him and a few others including Vijay Poojary, an alleged red sanders smuggler.

At that time the DRI had arrested Malik and the director of city based-Emirates Shipping Agencies India Pvt Ltd, after the agency intercepted and recovered 7,800 metric tonnes of red sanders worth Rs 3.2 crore from a container at JNPT in Mumbai.
Malik according to DRI case records has been arrested by the agency more than once for smuggling red sanders.

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