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ED filed Prosecution Complaint in Manesar land scam case under PMLA

New Delhi: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sunday said that it has filed ‘Prosecution Complaint’ against 13 individuals and entities in Manesar land scam under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

This is the second supplementary prosecution complaint or charge sheet in the case and it contains the details of attachment of assets of the accused worth Rs 108.79 crore and the alleged perpetration of money laundering and it has been filed before a special PMLA court in Panchkula.

The 13 individuals and entities against whom the supplementary charge sheet have been filed are Atul Bansal and his wife Sona Bansal and his company ABW Infrastructure Ltd, Mahamaya Exports Pvt Ltd, Shashikant Chaurasia, Dilip Lalwani, Varinder Uppal, Vijay Uppal, Viney Uppal, Ravinder Taneja, TDI Infrastructure Ltd, Wisdom Realtors Pvt Ltd, AB Rephcons Infrastructure Pvt Ltd.

The federal financial probe agency initiated money laundering investigation on the basis of an FIR registered by the Gurgaon police station and thereafter investigation taken up by Central Bureau of Investigation Chandigarh against unknown public servants of Government of Haryana and unknown private persons.

In the FIR it was alleged that the Government of Haryana had issued notification under section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 on August 27, 2004 and had issued notification under section 6 of the said Act on August 25 in 2005 for acquisition of land measuring about 912 acres for setting up an Industrial Model Township in Villages Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula of Gurgaon district.

ED investigation revealed that builders, private entities extorted the land from the farmers/landholders on meagre rates by exhibiting the fear of acquisition and they under different fears sold their land to such private entities who ultimately, sold the same to various builders who obtained licences and gained handsome profits in a fraudulent manner.

“Investigation further revealed that most of the lands were purchased by ABWIL Group which is controlled by Atul Bansal and after obtaining of licences, ABWIL sold the licensed and unlicensed land and licences to the private persons and developers and thereby making huge profits”, the probe agency said adding that further investigation in this case has been under progress.

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