The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday summoned Congress leader Vijay Pal Singh Dimpy in the multi-crore money laundering case involving Chandigarh advocate Mukesh Mittal and his associates.
Sources said the agency’s move came in the wake of a written reply filed by Mittal’s driver Lal Chand, who is also an accused in the case. The driver, said the ED sources, said it was Dimpy who was involved, not him.
Lal Chand along with Mittal’s munshi (clerk) Ajay Singh are directors in several companies being run by Mittal which, though started with small seed capital, have been involved in giving and receiving unsecured loans worth crores. The ED is probing the possibility of money laundering through these “shell” companies.
Lal Chand had been summoned by the ED; however, instead of appearing in person, he sent a written reply to the agency naming Dimpy and a Panchkula resident, Gurinder Garg.
Garg, a chartered accountant on whose office address majority of the companies are registered, recently faced a raid by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a `70-crore bank fraud.
The ED had in January also ordered freezing of around 350 bigha land in Himachal Pradesh, registered in the name of Lal Chand and Praveen Kumar, the munshi employed by Mittal, and his brother Manish Kumar.
Lal Chand has told ED that the properties in Himachal were actually benami (through proxy ownership), and he and others were allegedly used for the benefit of Dimpy and Garg.
Dimpy, who is a former president of the Chandigarh Youth Congress, was earlier arrested in a case of cheating in April last year in which Punjab’s former director general of police (DGP) SS Virk was the complainant.
It is important to mention here that the “shell” companies — Adarsh Parsonage Heritage Jungle Club Pvt Ltd, Adarsh Hospitalities and Resorts Pvt Ltd, Adarsh Urban Infra Pvt Ltd and Lake View Services and Promoters Pvt Ltd — are allegedly associated with Dimpy. His family members are also under scanner.
When contacted, Dimpy said, “I am a clean and clear person. I have no links with Mittal. I am paying income tax. I am hotelier and landlord. When the summons will come I will face them.”
The ED is going through property details worth hundreds of crores and over 100 bank accounts after a raid on Mittal’s house in Chandigarh on January 13.