| Mumbai |
November 28, 2020 2:34:11 am
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday seized arduous disks from two workers of Topsgrup in Mumbai whereas they have been making an attempt to depart the workplace of the safety agency allegedly after deleting knowledge on the corporate’s computer systems.
The company’s officers apprehended the 2 workers on the firm’s workplace in Goregaon right here and in addition seized their telephones.
Sources mentioned WhatsApp chats of one of many workers exhibits that Rasshi Nanda, daughter of Topsgrup promoter Rahul Nanda, had allegedly instructed him to destroy digital knowledge on the workplace computer systems after taking a backup on arduous drives.
The ED recorded statements of the staff and allow them to go.
The company is investigating a cash laundering case in opposition to the promoters of Topsgrup, just a few associated events and Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik. The ED case relies on an FIR, filed on October 28 by a former worker of Topsgrup, Ramesh Iyer, who has alleged that the corporate cheated the Mumbai Metropolitan Area Growth Authority of Rs 175 crore.
This contract, the ED has alleged, was facilitated by Sarnaik – the company accuses the legislator of getting kickbacks from Topsgrup to the tune of Rs 7 crore. The ED has raided each Sarnaik and Nanda’s properties in reference to the case.
The probe company has additionally allegedly discovered lodging entries of about Rs 5 crore in certainly one of Sarnaik’s corporations. Sources mentioned proof collected by ED reveals that Sarnaik’s agency allegedly used to present money to lodging entry suppliers and get a cheque in return for a fee. The company has additionally allegedly discovered irregularities within the buy of land by one other Sarnaik Group agency, sources mentioned.
Sarnaik, a three-time Sena MLA from Thane, had initiated a breach of privilege movement in opposition to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami for his remarks in opposition to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and different state ministers.
He was additionally one of many first politicians within the state to hunt a reinvestigation into the Anvay Naik suicide case, for which Goswami was subsequently arrested by Raigad police.
📣 The Indian Categorical is now on Telegram. Click on here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and keep up to date with the newest headlines