Ashok Gehlot’s Brother Raided By ED In “Fertiliser Scam” Case

Agrasen Gehlot is facing a Rs7 crore customs penalty in the alleged scam.

Sohil Nikam

July 22, 2020

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday targeted the premises of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s brother in one of its countrywide raids in connection with a money laundering case linked to a “fertiliser scam.” The CM’s brother, Agrasen Gehlot, is accused of exporting subsidised fertilisers that were meant for farmers, between 2007 to 2009 when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was in power at the centre. He is facing a Rs 7 crore customs penalty in the alleged scam.

Ashok Gehlot’s brother faces a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), based on a Customs department complaint and the charge sheet in the case. Back in 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had accused that the “fertiliser scam” had come to light after customs officials interrupted a consignment exported by a firm owned by Agrasen. The fertiliser exports are restricted as they were meant for domestic use. Locations in Gujarat and West Bengal were also raided by the ED today.

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