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Kerala: ED raids ‘PFI properties’ over money-laundering charge

🔴 The ED said its officers searched four premises associated with the leaders and office-bearers of the PFI on December 8.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvanathapuram |
Updated: December 13, 2021 2:41:24 am
Enforcement Directorate (File)

The Enforcement Directorate on Sunday said it has seized documents indicating money laundering activities involving leaders of the Popular Front of India (PFI).

ED said its officers had searched four premises associated with PFI leaders and office-bearers on December 8. “The seized documents indicate the money laundering activities of PFI through various projects in Kerala, including the Munnar Villa Vista project which is being built by the PFI leaders to launder proceeds of crime generated in India and abroad. Acquisition of foreign properties by PFI leaders, including a bar and restaurant in Abu Dhabi, has come to the notice of the Directorate, which is under investigation,” it said.

Searches were held at the premises of Shafeeque Payeth, a PFI leader in Kannur; Abdul Razak B P, a PFI leader in Malappuram; and Ashraf M K alias Tamar Ashraf, a PFI leader in Ernakulam. The office of the Munnar Villa Vista Project at Mankulam in Munnar was also searched.

ED also said attempts have been made by PFI workers to disrupt the search operations. However, the agency had deployed a large contingent of CRPF men to assist the searches.

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