HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The five times MP has been ordered by the ED to appear before the investigating officer of the case in the office on October 4
  • · The closest link of the accused, Saeed Khan, was arrested by the federal body on Monday night on charges of wrongly converting a trust into a company and holding to its directorial post
  • · The ED suspects that Gawali has been involved in laundering 17 crore rupees from the trust

On Wednesday, Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on charges of money laundering by a trust having links with the accused. Gawali was asked to appear before the investigating officer of the case at the office of the ED situated in South Mumbai, on October 4.

The MP’s close associate Saeed Khan was arrested by the federal body on Monday night. According to the ED, Bhavana has been accused of converting a trust into a company through illegal means, intending to take over the property belonging to the trust. The Enforcement Directorate has further stated that Khan was an intimate aid of the Yavatmal-Washim MP in the case.

In the previous month, the ED carried out searches in the premises associated with Khan and Gawali. A case has been filed with allegations of financial irregularities of the trust. The Directorate suspects that the approximate amount laundered by the MP sums up to 17 crores. Her misuse of government funds and grants adds up to the suspects. Bhavana Gawali’s aid Saeed Khan has been accused of transforming the trust into a company and holding its directorial position through unlawful means.

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