Wednesday, June 17, 2020

ED for probe against Jet Airways to continue

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday filed an intervention plea before a local court here, requesting the judge to continue an ongoing probe against Jet AirwaysNSE 4.97 % and Naresh Goyal after the city police closed a complaint that had claimed forgery and cheating by the grounded carrier and its founder.
The application comes after the Mumbai Police filed a closure report in the cheating and forgery case registered against the mothballed airline, saying that there was no evident case against Jet Airways or its founder.
Sources said that the ED move was prompted as its money laundering case against Goyal and others is based on the predicate offence of cheating and forgery lodged by the Mumbai Police.
“A probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) is based on a predicate offence registered by another law enforcement agency. In this case, the ED's Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) was based on Mumbai Police’s case. Since the police closed the case, it will have an adverse effect on the money laundering probe and hence an intervention application has been filed,” said a source privy to the details.
Other than the ED, the complainant, Akbar Travels India Pvt Ltd also plans to file a protest petition on July 6 when the matter will be heard next.
17/06/20 Rashmi Rajput/Economic Times
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