The Delhi Police on Wednesday detained a central Delhi-based businessman on charges of smuggling and money laundering on Wednesday evening, police said.
"The accused has been identified as Manish Jalhotra who is in his late 40s and was taken into preventive custody from his residence on the Deshbandhu Gupta road. He has been detained under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act (COFEPOSA)," said Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central).
The police said Jalhotra had been under the scanner for months. "We detained him on suspicion of perpetrating, abetting and transporting smuggled goods in the Capital on orders from the secretary of the government of India," Singh said.
"The order to detain him was issued by Rashida Hussain, secretary to the government of India, after being satisfied with the fact that Jalhotra might be indulging in illicit money conversion and smuggling in the city," said a senior police officer from the investigation team.
Jalhotra has been lodged at the Tihar Central Jail in west Delhi pending a hearing on the case from the review committee. "His case will be heard at the review committee, which in this case is the Delhi High Court. Jalhotra is looking at a minimum sentence of a year in jail if the charges against him are proved and upheld by the high court," the officer said.
Singh said they were investigating Jalhotra's involvement in other crimes as well.
"Jalhotra does not have a previous criminal record, but we are investigating whether he has been involved in other crimes over the years," Singh added.