New Delhi, Dec 21 (GCCurrentAffairs) Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached a land measuring 11.5752 Decimal (5042 sq.ft.) in Kolkata valuing Rs 77.7 lakhs under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) belonging to a notorious smuggler of wild life Supradip Guha in a case related to Illegal trading and smuggling of Wild Life in Eastern India, an official release said here on Saturday.
According to the ED, accused Supradip Guha resident of Baguiati, Kolkata was involved in large scale illegal trade of wild life in West Bengal since long.
“During February 2014 Custom Authority had recovered and seized three Chimpanzees, four Marmosets and 278 precious birds of Indian and foreign origin from his premises”, ED said.
Investigation was initiated under PMLA by the central financial probe agency on receipt of information from the West Bengal Government’s Wild Life Department regarding seizure of prohibited Wildlife under Indian Wildlife protection Act 1972.
The probing agency investigation also revealed that the accused had also procured fake transportation certificate for illegally transporting scheduled and protected Indian Birds for which a separate FIR No. 86/2019 was registered against him by PS North Bidhannagar of WB Police.
Investigation into this case further revealed that accused Supradip Guha had deposited illegally earned money into eight bank accounts owned by him in his name and in the name of his family member and his firms and was
ED team also revealed that the accused was running an organised racket dealing in illegal wild life trade and the proceeds of crime so earned by him run into more than three crore.
“Three Chimpanzees and four Marmosets belonging to accused have already been attached under PMLA. At present accused Supradip Guha is absconding and a look out circular has been issued for him”, the probing agency said in a statement adding that the further investigation in this case is under process.