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ED Attaches 3 Chimpanzees, 4 Marmosets in Money Laundering Case Valued at Rs 81 Lakh

The financial probe agency said the value of each of the chimpanzees is found to be in excess of Rs 25 lakh while the value of a marmoset

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The ED had registered a case on a complaint of West Bengal government's Wild Life Department that one Supradip Guha of Kolkata was in illegal possession of prohibited wildlife. Pixabay

In a first-of-its-kind action, the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday said it has attached three chimpanzees and four marmosets (small tropical American monkeys) in a money laundering case valued at Rs 81 lakh.

The ED had registered a case on a complaint of West Bengal government’s Wild Life Department that one Supradip Guha of Kolkata was in illegal possession of prohibited wildlife.

The financial probe agency said the value of each of the chimpanzees is found to be in excess of Rs 25 lakh while the value of a marmoset is about Rs 1.5 lakh.

The ED in its statement said that the West Bengal Wild Life Department has filed a complaint in a local court against Guha. “The police had registered an FIR against Guha for forging documents pertaining to a permission letter allowing him to illegally transport the wild life birds,” it said.

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In a first-of-its-kind action, the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday said it has attached three chimpanzees and four marmosets (small tropical American monkeys). Pixabay

The agency said that during investigation, it was revealed that Guha was running an organised wildlife smuggling racket. “He was a clever criminal and gave contradictory statements to the customs and wildlife authorities to evade action under customs as well as wildlife laws,” it alleged.

The agency alleged that Guha also obtained fake certificates regarding birth of the three Chimpanzees in India. “Based on the facts revealed during investigation, the above wildlife has been provisionally attached. The three chimpanzees and marmosets are now kept with the Alipore Zoological Garden in Kolkata,” the ED said.

According to the ED, Guha was attempting to take back the animals from the zoo authorities by claiming his right over them and by using false statements and documents.

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The attachment has enabled the Zoo authorities to keep the wild life animals with them. The three chimpanzees are a major point of attraction for all the visitors in the Zoo and thus a source of revenue for the Zoo,” it added. (IANS)

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ED seizes Nirav Modi valuables worth Rs 36 cr

An ED official told IANS that joint searches with the CBI were carried from Thursday to early Saturday at Nirav Modi's palatial 'Samudra Mahal' residence in Mumbai

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ED seizes Nirav Modi's valuables. Wikimedia Commons

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday said it seized valuables worth over Rs 36 crore of absconding diamond jeweller Nirav Modi in connection with an ongoing probe into the Rs 14,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. An ED official told IANS that joint searches with the CBI were carried from Thursday to early Saturday at Nirav Modi’s palatial ‘Samudra Mahal’ residence in Mumbai.

Nirav Modi's stamped his name in India’s top corporates with growing global prestige with his fame and affluence.
Nirav Modi committed a fraud of 1400 cr with PNB. Facebook

The items seized included Rs 10-crore diamond ring, antique jewellery worth Rs 15 crore, high-end watches valued at Rs 1.40 crore, Rs 10 crore-worth paintings by renowned artists including M.F. Hussain, K.K. Hebbar and Amrita Shergil.

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The searches were conducted as part of a money trail by the ED and CBI after cases were registered against Nirav Modi and his business partner and uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali Group for defrauding the banks. Choksi and Nirav Modi fled the country in January around a month before the PNB filed its first complaint against them. They are still at large.

So far, the ED has carried out searches at some 251 properties across the country and seized diamond, gold, pearls, precious and semi-precious stones. The ED has also claimed to have attached immovable properties belonging to their business groups to the tune of Rs 7,638 crore. IANS