New Delhi: After getting the preliminary facts of money laundering in the investigation of the Uttar Pradesh religion conversion racket, the STF branch of the Enforcement Directorate has registered a case and started investigation. There are more than half a dozen organizations and hawala operators from abroad, including a foreign bank account, on the target of ED. In the investigation so far, it has also come to the fore that about 55 percent of the people who were converted by the organization of Umar Gautam are women.
The Uttar Pradesh ATS department on Thursday handed over the necessary documents related to the conversion racket to the Enforcement Directorate for investigation. Initially, the investigation of this case was asked to be done by the Lucknow branch of ED, but after the connection of international wires in the case, the initial investigation of the matter was done by the STF branch of ED Headquarters and after getting the facts in the investigation, the ED today started money laundering. Started investigation by registering a case under the Act.
According to ED sources, during the preliminary investigation in this case, a foreign account belonging to HSBC Bank has been found in which transactions worth crores of rupees are suspected. Along with this, half a dozen organizations related to the country and abroad have been found which are suspected of money laundering in this case. Along with this, receipts of alleged donations from foreign countries have also been received. In such a situation, the heat of investigation of this matter can reach from country to abroad and from common to special. Sources said that during the preliminary investigation, it has come to the fore – about 55 percent of the people converted by the IDC are women. Most of the converts are in the age group of 20-30 years. Having an account in HSBC bank in which Al Hasan Education and Welfare Foundation is suspected to have received 15 crores from unknown foreign sources.
The arrested Umar Gautam has been described as the vice chairman of this NGO. Abdullah Adam Patel, an affiliate of Majlis Al Falah Trust, is accused of sending illegal money to India and it is also suspected that money came through him to Umar Gautam. Some hawala operators from Chandni Chowk Delhi are also involved in this racket. .
The Enforcement Directorate will interrogate all these people during its initial investigation and if needed, will also interrogate Umar Gautam and Qazi Jahangir, arrested in this case, in their custody. According to top sources related to the investigation, considering the seriousness of the case, some more investigative agencies may join this investigation and in the coming days many people, including some Maulana, may be arrested.
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