ED grills Virbhadra's private secretary

  • HT Correspondent, None, Shimla
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2015 22:51 IST

Going ahead with its probe into money routed in foreign banks, the enforcement directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned chief minister Virbhadra Singh's principal private secretary Subash Ahluwalia for oversees money transaction to kin.

Ahluwalia was questioned for nearly three hours, even though he had brought some documents to substantiate his claims. The ED had also asked to furnish some details, including copy of PAN card, last ten-year detail of foreign visits made by him and family members, copy of passports and bank account details owned by him and family members in India and abroad.

The ED had also asked him to disclose detail of his distant cousin Naresh Ahluwalia, who lives in the US. The directorate had asked him to furnish address occupation, bank details along with transactions of all the accounts maintained by Naresh and details along with supporting documents of money deposited by him in accounts of Ahluwalia's children as education fee.

Suspecting that the money had been routed into foreign accounts of his kin through hawala operators in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), the ED in April had served a notice to Subash.

The ED had also sought details from Subash about any foreign remittances received by him from his children, who were working in the US. However, the reply filed by him was not found satisfactory since he could not produce documents relevant to money transfer.

Therefore, the ED on June 18 had asked Ahluwalia to join investigation and appear in person at its sub-zonal office in Strawberry Hills, Shimla, on June 22.

However instead, Subash chose to accompany chief minister Virbhadra Singh to Dharamsala.

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