Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday questioned businessman Agrasen Gehlot in reference to its probe into irregularities in export of fertiliser between 2007 and 2009. Agrasen is Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s elder brother.
That is the second time Agrasen was questioned in reference to the case. Sources stated he arrived on the ED workplace at round 11.30 am and was questioned until late night.
The alleged irregularities are associated to the import and use of Muriate of Potash (MoP). It’s imported by Indian Potash Restricted (IPL) and distributed to farmers, by way of corporations, at subsidised charges. IPL is anxious with import-handling, promotion and advertising of Potash in all the nation, and supplies it at subsidised charges to farmers.
In accordance with officers, between 2007 and 2009, Agrasen, who was an authorised IPL vendor, purchased MoP at subsidised charges and as an alternative of distributing to farmers, he bought it to a couple corporations, which in flip exported it to Malaysia and Singapore within the guise of Industrial Salt. MoP is below the listing of things that are banned for export. Directorate of Income Intelligence had unearthed the irregularities in 2012-13.
“He (Agrasen) has been questioned on the findings of the Customs division which had first investigated the matter and levied a penalty. We’re probing the case with the angle of cash laundering…” an ED official stated on Monday. On July 22 final 12 months – amid a political disaster in Rajasthan – ED had carried out searches at 13 areas, together with these linked to Agrasen and his firm Anupam Krishi.