Gawli, 48, is a sitting Lok Sabha member from the Yavatmal-Washim constituency of Maharashtra. The MP has been summoned by the agency for questioning but despite being summoned, she has not appeared before the agency thrice.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday said that it has attached the office building of Saeed Khan, an aide of Shiv Sena MP Bhavna Gawli, worth Rs 3.75 crore in connection with the money laundering probe. The ED said that the office complex is located in Nariman Point area of Mumbai and it has been attached. In this regard, a provisional order has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Khan is accused of embezzling the funds of a trust named “Mahila Utkarsh Pratishthan”. He was arrested in September. Khan is said to be the director of the trust and is currently in judicial custody. Gawli, 48, is a sitting Lok Sabha member from the Yavatmal-Washim constituency of Maharashtra. The MP has been summoned by the agency for questioning but despite being summoned, she has not appeared before the agency thrice.
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The agency said in a statement that the investigation found that a conspiracy was hatched to convert “Mahila Utkarsh Pratishthan” into a company and fraudulent methods were adopted and the trust money was embezzled. He said that this was done by influencing the account books along with forging various forged documents and forged signatures of the officials of the trust. It states that this property (at Nariman Point) has been purchased with the embezzled cash money of the trust. The agency, while taking Khan into custody, had claimed before a special PMLA court in Mumbai that Gawli had committed “forgery and fraud” to convert a trust through Khan into a private company for misappropriation of funds of around Rs 18 crore. had hatched a criminal conspiracy.
The ED had told the court that its probe revealed that Rs 18.18 crore had been embezzled and Rs 7 crore in cash was stolen. The agency had told the court that the trust’s assets worth around Rs 69 crore had been transferred to the newly formed company. According to the ED, the directors of this company include Khan and Shiv Sena MP’s mother Shalinitai Gawli. Along with these two, Bhawna Gawli is also said to be a member of this company. Gawli’s lawyer had earlier said that she herself has been a complainant in the case and has lodged an FIR with the police in which chargesheet has also been filed. The ED’s counsel had claimed that Khan played an active role in forging documents and setting up companies. Khan’s lawyer had refuted all the ED’s claims and alleged that he was targeted for belonging to a political party.
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