Micromax under Enforcement Directorate glare over bribe

Nov 14 2013, 09:44 IST
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Enforcement Directorate has registered a case of money laundering against the co-founders mobile maker Micromax Informatics in a bribery case. Enforcement Directorate has registered a case of money laundering against the co-founders mobile maker Micromax Informatics in a bribery case.
SummaryIn August, CBI had arrested Micromax co-founder Rajesh Agarwal, partner Manish Tuli in the case.

In fresh trouble for mobile maker Micromax Informatics, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a case of money laundering against the co-founders and engineers of the North civic body.

The ED said they will probe the source of money received by Micromax, which was allegedly used to bribe engineers of North Municipal corporation for getting a clearance for a banquet hall in Wazirpur Industrial Area.

In August this year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested the co-founder of Micromax, Rajesh Agarwal and partner Manish Tuli for allegedly paying Rs 30 lakh to two civic agency beldars, who allegedly collected the bribe on behalf of the engineers. They were all granted bail recently.

Top ED officials said the co-founders and the engineers will be summoned to appear before the agency to provide an explanation regarding the source of the funds.

According to ED, the case has been registered under Section 3 (offence of money laundering) and Section 4 (punishment of money laundering) of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Under money laundering, the ED can attach properties and bank accounts earned through ill-gotten money.

The agency said the case was filed after CBI filed a chargesheet against Agarwal, Tuli and the civic officials. In its chargesheet, the CBI brought out charges against them, saying that they had been caught red handed while paying the bribe.

CBI has claimed that civic officials first demanded Rs 50 lakh as bribe, but Agarwal, an electrical engineer, negotiated. Finally, all parties agreed on a sum of Rs 30 lakh. Civic officials who were identified demanding the bribe include superintendening engineer Rajesh Wadhwa, assistant engineers A K Singh, R K Sethi and Kapil Dev. The two beldars have been identified as Satish Kumar and Naresh Kumar, officials said.

The ED said Rs 40 lakh that was seized from assistant engineer Kapil Dev will also be put under scrutiny. This amount was not part of the bribe, officials said.

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