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“ED Conducts Raids in Delhi-NCR in Homebuyer’s Funds Fraud Case Linked to RJD Family Associate”

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) launched a series of raids across Delhi-NCR on Tuesday, targeting multiple premises linked to a suspected money laundering scheme involving a real estate and liquor enterprise backed by Amit Katyal, identified as a close associate of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s family, according to official sources.

Amit Katyal, who was previously arrested by the central agency in connection with the alleged railways land-for-jobs scam implicating Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi Yadav, MP daughter Misa Bharti, and others, is under scrutiny once again.

The ED’s operation encompasses 27 locations associated with Haryana-based Krishn Buildtech Pvt Ltd situated in Delhi, Gurugram, and Sonipat, conducted under the framework of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The company, jointly promoted by Amit Katyal and Rajesh Katyal, is the focal point of an investigation into the purported misappropriation of approximately Rs 400 crore in homebuyer’s funds, allegedly diverted overseas by its promoters.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Amit Katyal stands accused of transferring over Rs 200 crore of homebuyer’s funds to Sri Lanka, suggesting a complex web of financial transactions aimed at concealing the illicit origin of the diverted funds.

In a significant development, it has been revealed that Krishan Katyal, the son of Amit Katyal, has relinquished his Indian passport in favor of one issued by Saint Kitts and Nevis, a move that raises questions about potential attempts to evade legal scrutiny or extradition.

The ED’s latest crackdown underscores the ongoing efforts to uncover and prosecute financial irregularities and illicit activities perpetrated by individuals and entities wielding influence and connections at the nexus of political and business spheres. The case not only highlights the pervasive nature of corruption within certain sectors but also underscores the imperative for stringent enforcement mechanisms and regulatory oversight to combat such malfeasance effectively.

As the investigation unfolds, authorities are expected to delve deeper into the intricate financial transactions and offshore dealings orchestrated by the accused, shedding light on the modus operandi employed to siphon off funds meant for legitimate real estate transactions.

The ED’s relentless pursuit of justice in cases of financial fraud and money laundering serves as a stark reminder of the consequences awaiting those who seek to exploit the loopholes in the system for personal gain at the expense of unsuspecting investors and consumers.

In the wake of these developments, stakeholders and policymakers must redouble their efforts to bolster regulatory frameworks, enhance transparency, and foster a culture of accountability to safeguard the integrity of financial markets and protect the interests of the public. Only through concerted action can we stem the tide of corruption and ensure a level playing field conducive to sustainable economic growth and development.

Jhumpa Lahiri

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