In connection with a money laundering investigation, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned some of India’s most well-known fashion designers. The designers were called on suspicion of being involved in the current investigation against Punjab-based Congress politician Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
The Enforcement Directorate has asked them to appear before the proper authorities to explain Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s cash payments, according to sources. The three fashion designers are scheduled to appear at the ED headquarters in New Delhi on separate days for interrogation.
Millions of rupees in transactions between the Congress MLA and fashion designers are being examined, according to existing information. The lawsuit concerns a cash transaction involving lakhs of rupees, tax evasion, and other allegations, according to NDTV.
The Punjab MLA has been charged with money laundering under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Khaira gave the three designers cash in the sum of several thousands of rupees in 2018-19, according to our sources.
“We want to interview them about these transactions,” an ED official said. Khaira is accused of being involved in the Fazilka drug smuggling and money laundering incident that occurred in 2015. The ED searched 12 locations in Punjab, Chandigarh, and Delhi in March.
Inderveer Singh Johal, Khaira’s son-in-law, was claimed to be a co-conspirator in the case. According to ED sources, Khaira was reportedly involved in a fraudulent passport smuggling network.
An ED officer added, “He has also been in contact with several suspects in the fake passport case, where Delhi police apprehended a man in January.” A court in Fazilka condemned nine people involved in the case to prison in 2017. Khaira corresponded with convicted accused Gurdev Singh 65 times, according to information given to the court by the State.