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ED attaches 45 Hyd properties in MMTC fraud case

HYDERABAD:  The Enforcement Directorate has attached 45 immovable properties worth Rs 363.51 crore of M/s MBS Jewellers Private Limited, M/s MBS Impex Private Limited, Sukesh Gupta, Anurag Gupta, Neetu Gupta, Vandana Gupta and their other group entities on August 26, under provisions of the PMLA, 2002.

According to ED officials, investigation into money laundering was initiated on the basis of FIR registered by the ACB, the CBI against Sukesh Gupta & his companies for defrauding M/s MMTC Limited (a Public Sector Enterprise) in purchase of gold bullion under Buyer’s Credit Scheme. Sukesh Gupta in active connivance with few officials of MMTC Hyderabad, had continuously lifted gold without forex cover & without adequate security deposits. His dues were consistently mis-reported to the MMTC Head Office and without squaring off the existing losses, his firms continued lifting gold from MMTC for their personal gain and thereby caused a loss of public money to the tune of Rs 504.34 crore (including interest up to 31.05.2021 of Rs 277.52 crore) to MMTC. The CBI has filed a charge sheet against Sukesh Gupta & others in 2014.

During ED investigation, it was found that Sukesh Gupta colluded with various officers of the MMTC Hyderabad and painted a wrong picture of his accounts and kept on lifting Gold to carry on its business as usual.

As a result, while MMTC suffered a huge loss, Sukesh Gupta earned huge profits. On the basis of his business profile, he took loans and struck real estate deals and grew his business in the name of various related companies, the ED stated in a release issued on Saturday.

The statement noted,” all through the investigation, the conduct of Sukesh Gupta has been evasive and non-cooperative and he has failed to discharge the burden of proof imposed on him under the PMLA, 2002″.

In another case under FEMA, the ED has adjudicated and levied a penalty of around Rs 222 crore on the MBS Group.

Sukesh Gupta also entered into a OTS (One time settlement) with M/s MMTC in 2019. But as per the latest reports from MMTC, Sukesh Gupta did not deposit any funds and the OTS has failed. The ED has now identified 45 immovable properties belonging to him and his related entities and their directors and has provisionally attached these properties under PMLA on Aug 26 to safeguard the proceeds of crime.

Dawn Punjab
Author: Dawn Punjab

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