New Delhi, Sept 20 (PTI) The Directorate of Execution (ED) will start from Monday the questioning of party deputy Samajwadi Azam Khan, gangster Mukhtar Ansari and strongman Ateeq Ahmad as part of separate money laundering investigations carried out against them and their associates.
Official sources said the federal agency was taking action after obtaining permission from special courts that try cases closed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
They said Khan, 72, held in Sitapur District Prison in Uttar Pradesh, would be questioned and his statement recorded between September 20 and 24.
Likewise, Ansari, 58, the Mau headquarters BSP lawmaker, will be questioned at Banda District Prison in the PMLA-ruled state after a court in August allowed the ED to register his declaration.
A similar order was issued by the PMLA court authorizing the ED to question Ahmad, 59, held in Sabarmati prison in Gujarat under judicial custody, official sources said.
They said the agency had filed separate PMLA cases against them and published their interrogation, the DE may seize their assets under the criminal provisions of the same law, to further the investigation.
The ED opened an investigation against Khan in 2019 after learning of at least 26 FIRs filed by state police against him, including allegations that a university run by him in the Rampur district of the Uttar Pradesh was erected on land that was seized from ‘enemy property’.
Khan was minister of urban development in the SP government headed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Ansari is under the ED scanner in at least 49 criminal cases against him, including land grabbing, murder and extortion.
Ahmad, a former MP, has previously been associated with political parties including the Samajwadi party and the Apna Dal (Sonewal faction).
He is the subject of an ED investigation on the basis of 196 FIRs filed against him by various Uttar Pradesh police stations for murder, extortion and land grabbing. PTI NES
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