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ED summons AAP’s Pankaj Gupta over cash collections at US event

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ED summons AAP’s Pankaj Gupta over cash collections at US event
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ED summons AAP’s Pankaj Gupta over cash collections at US event
ED summons AAP’s Pankaj Gupta over cash collections at US event

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate has summoned AAP secretary Pankaj Gupta on September 22 at its office here in connection with receipts of $119,000, an alleged collection made in the US during an event.
The details of the cash transactions were revealed from documents and digital evidence seized during raids on Sukhpal Singh Khaira, a former Punjab AAP MLA and an accused in the money laundering cases related to fake passports and international drug trafficking.
According to sources, Khaira in his statement has told the ED investigating officer that $119,000 was collected by AAP functionaries during an event in the US and were in cash receipts for which only the party can provide further information if these have been accounted for in their books.
When documents seized at Khaira’s premises revealed huge cash receipts in the US, he was confronted with the details. He, however, said the collections were contributions to the party fund and he had no other details as to how they were collected and who the donors were.
On March 9 this year, ED officials conducted searches across Punjab and Delhi, which included premises of Sukhpal Singh Khaira and his son-in-law.
The money trail being investigated by the ED revealed Khaira’s links with one of the kingpins of a syndicate, based in the UK, operating India-Pak network with the help of some politicians from Punjab. Khaira has been repeatedly questioned with regards to his links with members of the drug cartel accused in the Fazilka drug smuggling case.
After the searches, ED officials had claimed that the seized “incriminating documents and digital devices revealed involvement of some high profile people with the drug and human trafficking syndicate”.

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