Abhishek Sharan
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ED arrests Nitin Gaur in case linked to bitcoin-based ponzi scheme

Nitin Gaur was arrested in Delhi on December 29, and brought to Mumbai where a city court remanded him in ED custody till January 6

ED initiated an investigation into the ponzi scheme in 2018, based on multiple cases registered by Maharashtra and Delhi police. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 03, 2024 03:06 PM IST

Sharp drop in seized drugs in 2023-24

Agency sources said most seizures this financial year pertained to smuggling bids by passengers using the air route, often employing unique concealment methods. This marked a sharp departure from the two preceding financial years, when most seizures derived from smuggling of high-value narcotics in containers, via the sea route

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Updated on Jan 03, 2024 07:58 AM IST

Bribery probe: EPFO official asked for bribe to skip paying PF dues of 10.5L

CBI probe reveals that two EPFO officers in Nashik allegedly asked for a ₹2 lakh bribe to allow a construction firm owner to skip paying PF dues worth ₹10.5 lakh and penalty. The officers and a private person have been arrested.

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Updated on Dec 31, 2023 11:04 PM IST

CBI arrests two senior EPFO officers in 2L bribery case

CBI arrests two senior EPFO officers and a private person in a bribery case of ₹2 lakh in Nashik. The accused were remanded to CBI's custody till Jan 1, 2024.

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Updated on Dec 29, 2023 06:58 AM IST

ED arrests Viraj Patil in illegal forex trading case

The Enforcement Directorate has arrested Viraj Patil in Mumbai in connection with a money laundering probe against a firm involved in illegal forex trading. Patil is accused of staying in Dubai since 2021 and has allegedly been involved in promoting TP Global FX, a firm not registered with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for forex trading. The investigation has revealed that the accused used dummy companies to defraud the public and used illegally acquired funds for personal gains. The ED has frozen assets worth ₹121.23 crore in the case.

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Updated on Dec 28, 2023 07:50 AM IST

Mahadev app co-owner under round-the-clock surveillance: Officials

MOB co-promoter Ravi Uppal, 43, was detained by Dubai authorities last fortnight and is awaiting extradition to India.

Sourabh Chandrakar, co-owner of Mahadev Online Book betting platform.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 07:30 AM IST
By, Mumbai

DRI busts wildlife smuggling syndicate, rescues 11 exotic snakes

The Mumbai DRI has intercepted an international wildlife smuggling syndicate, apprehending an operative attempting to smuggle 11 foreign-origin snakes.

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Updated on Dec 23, 2023 08:18 AM IST

DRI nabs foreign national with cocaine worth 13 cr

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 1.27 kg of cocaine worth ₹13 crore from a woman from Cote’d Ivoire at Mumbai airport. She was arrested and the DRI is investigating an alleged international drug trafficking syndicate.

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Updated on Dec 22, 2023 08:30 AM IST

NCB seizes illegally diverted pharma drugs worth 3 cr being shipped abroad

Among the seized illicitly diverted pharmaceutical drugs were 9.87 kg of Amphetamine, 2.54 kg (9800 tablets) of Zolpidem Tartrate, and 6.54 kg (18,700 tablets) of Tramadol, agency sources said

A white powdery substance was found stuffed inside the specially designed cavities in the table and tested positive for amphetamine, sources said.
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 08:28 AM IST

Jumbo Covid centres case: ED attaches assets worth 12.24-crore of LHMS partners, associates

The Enforcement Directorate has provisionally attached assets worth ₹12.24 crore in a money-laundering case related to alleged irregularities in a medical manpower contract awarded by BMC during the pandemic. The assets belong to the partners of Lifeline Hospital Management Services and their alleged accomplice.

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Updated on Dec 22, 2023 07:08 AM IST

DRI seizes cocaine worth 8.9 crore from Ugandan national

The accused revealed to the officials that she was promised a payment of around ₹1 lakh for the delivery of the contraband in the city to a designated receiver but she got intercepted by the agency, foiling her smuggling bid.

The accused had allegedly concealed the cocaine in her hair wig and bra pads, the sources said
Updated on Dec 21, 2023 07:34 AM IST

9 overseas firms under ED’s scanner in 6k cr bitcoin ponzi scam

The Enforcement Directorate is investigating nine overseas firms, including those in Hong Kong and Estonia, that were allegedly used to divert funds from a bitcoin-based ponzi scheme operated by Variable Tech. The scheme collected 80,000 bitcoins and diverted funds worth INR 6,606 crore ($915 million) through the nine firms to purchase properties abroad. The investigation has resulted in the provisional attachment of properties worth INR 69 crore.

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Updated on Dec 20, 2023 08:28 AM IST

DRI nabs Nigerian operating drug syndicate from Greater Noida

MUMBAI: The Mumbai zonal unit of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has nabbed the alleged financier and controller of a narcotics trafficking syndicate with international linkages, that operated from Uttar Pradesh

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Updated on Dec 19, 2023 06:48 AM IST

DRI seizes 4 kilograms of cocaine worth 40 crore, arrests carrier

An Indian national arriving from Sierra Leone, Africa was apprehended by the Mumbai zonal unit of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). The suspect was arrested for allegedly smuggling 4 kilograms of cocaine, estimated to be worth around ₹40 crore in the illicit market

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Updated on Dec 19, 2023 06:08 AM IST

CBI initiates probe into bank employee for alleged bribery in mutual fund payout

A corruption investigation has been launched against a public sector bank employee in Raigad for allegedly demanding a bribe of ₹1.2 lakh. The employee is accused of soliciting a bribe to transfer ₹10 lakh from a deceased retired state transport department employee's mutual fund policy to the account of the deceased's wife. The CBI has registered a First Information Report and is investigating the case.

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Updated on Dec 18, 2023 07:30 AM IST

CBI acquires voice, handwriting samples of accused in bribery probe

The CBI has collected voice and handwriting samples from an Indian Navy sailor as part of an investigation into bribery allegations. The accused allegedly solicited a bribe from a job aspirant in exchange for a positive medical examination report. The CBI is also working to recover deleted WhatsApp messages related to the case. The accused has denied the allegations.

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Updated on Dec 16, 2023 08:50 AM IST

Mahadev Online Book investigation: Steps on for MOB co-promoter’s extradition

Mahadev Online Book (MOB) began its operations in 2019-20 but its reach among users saw a huge increase during the pandemic and continued to grow since then. The ED made its first arrests in the case in August this year by nabbing four persons in Chhattisgarh including an assistant sub -inspector (ASI)

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Updated on Dec 14, 2023 07:02 AM IST

DRI seizes smuggled cigarettes worth 14.67 crore from JNPT port

Mumbai: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) ‘s Mumbai Zonal Unit seized smuggled imported cigarettes worth ₹14

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Updated on Dec 10, 2023 07:02 AM IST

NCB seizes 6.94 kg of illegal khat leaves worth 40 lakh

Khat has been gaining demand in local drug circuits, leading to its supply at a high price in illicit drug markets. The seized parcels, containing 2.98 kg and 3.96 kg of Khat leaves, were intercepted at the Foreign Post Office (FPO) in Mumbai

NCB seizes 6.94 kg of illegal khat leaves worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>40 lakh
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 06:04 AM IST

CBI arrests five, including three senior railway officers

Three senior officials of Western Railway and Central Railway in Mumbai, along with two representatives of an Uttar Pradesh-based firm, have been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with investigations into bribery and nepotism in the award of railway contracts to private suppliers. The officials were arrested after allegedly accepting bribes totaling INR 70,500 ($1,075). Searches conducted by the CBI resulted in the recovery of cash, property papers, and other incriminating documents.

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Updated on Dec 02, 2023 07:28 AM IST

22,842-cr loans default case: ED searches premises linked to ABG Shipyard

The premises searched included those belonging to the residences of the persons and family members related to the accused firm ABG Shipyard Ltd and its related companies, agency sources said. “The searches resulted in the recovery and seizure of unaccounted Indian currency, foreign currency, bullion and jewellery to the tune of ₹5 crore

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Updated on Nov 30, 2023 07:12 AM IST

ED officials quiz Kishori Pednekar, former guardian minister alleges another BMC scam

On Wednesday, the Economic Offences Wing registered a case for alleged irregularities in the setting up of oxygen generation plants in nine civic hospitals and two Jumbo Covid centres. The ED has also begun the process of registering a fresh probe into this case

Mumbai, India –Nov 23, 2023: Former Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar leaves after an inquiry from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in connection with the Covid body bag scam case, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, Nov 23, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 06:04 PM IST

DRI starts probing suppliers of narcotics producer

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is investigating the suppliers of raw materials to an alleged narcotics producer in Aurangabad. Last month, the agency seized contraband worth ₹160 crore from the premises of a factory. The DRI is probing the sources of the raw materials and the network involved in the illicit manufacture and distribution of the drugs. This operation is part of the DRI's crackdown on narcotics production in Aurangabad, which has resulted in the seizure of drugs worth ₹250 crore.

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Updated on Nov 23, 2023 07:56 AM IST

ED attaches assets worth 752 cr in AJL-National Herald case

The court had said that the accused persons had allegedly hatched a criminal conspiracy to acquire properties worth hundreds of crores of AJL through a special purpose vehicle, the YI.

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Updated on Nov 22, 2023 08:44 AM IST

CBI arrests Navy personnel for alleged bribery in job recruitment

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) apprehended Sanju Aralikatti, an Indian Navy sailor stationed at the Indian Navy Hospital Ship Ashvini in Colaba, on charges of soliciting a bribe from a job aspirant.

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Updated on Nov 21, 2023 07:02 AM IST

ED books Dubai-based businessman in 100 cr cheating case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money-laundering case against a Dubai-based businessman and his associates based on a ₹100 crore cheating case lodged by Pune police. The accused allegedly collected funds through investment schemes and diverted them abroad through hawala channels. The ED has seized cash and frozen bank balances worth ₹28.60 crore and will provisionally attach them with the investigation. The accused allegedly conducted illegal trades, crypto exchange, wallet services, and forex trading through shell companies.

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Updated on Nov 20, 2023 06:20 AM IST

Search on for controllers of gold smuggling syndicate

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is working to apprehend the main controllers of an international gold smuggling syndicate that has brought in 45.4 kg of gold worth over ₹27.5 crore since October. So far, the DRI has arrested 16 alleged members of the syndicate, but they are believed to be carriers and coordinators, not the main controllers. The syndicate is suspected of smuggling gold into India from Bangladesh and then distributing it to various cities. The DRI is gathering evidence and working to apprehend the key members of the syndicate responsible for the smuggling operations.

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Updated on Nov 18, 2023 07:26 AM IST

DRI seizes smuggled gold worth 8.5 crore, five arrested

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 13.7 kg of smuggled gold worth ₹8.5 crore in a pan-India operation against an international smuggling syndicate. Five alleged operatives of the syndicate have been arrested, including three in Mumbai. The syndicate smuggled gold into India via the Indo-Bangladesh border and sent it to cities like Mumbai, Nagpur, and Varanasi by road or rail. This operation follows a previous seizure of 31.7 kg of gold worth ₹19 crore from suspected operatives of the same syndicate in early October.

DRI seizes smuggled gold worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>8.5 crore, five arrested
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 08:12 AM IST

ED seizes 3.12 cr, allegedly meant for a political party, from MOB courier

ED intercepted the courier at a Raipur hotel, following an intelligence input about a “large amount of cash” allegedly being moved in Chhattisgarh by the promoters of MOB, Sourabh Chandrakar and Ravi Uppal. Agency sources said, it was in connection with upcoming assembly elections

Search operations were carried out in Raipur on Thursday afternoon. The cash – “for electioneering expenses” -- was seized from the courier’s vehicle outside the hotel. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 08:00 AM IST

Jet Airways’ related firm paid 20 crore to buy SoBO flats for Goyal family: ED

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and his family used INR 20 crore ($2.7m) borrowed from the airline to buy four flats in Mumbai, according to India's Enforcement Directorate. The sum was diverted from a related entity of Jet Airways, which had borrowed INR 538.62 crore from Canara Bank. The ED has filed charges against Goyal, his wife, and four firms as part of its investigation into the INR 538.62 crore fraud case. Goyal was arrested in September.

Jet Airway Chairman Naresh Goyal with his wife Aneeta Goyal during the press conference at his residence. Jet Airways Ltd on Thursday its board had approved the acquisition of Air Sahara for $500 million. HT PHOTO BY MANOJ PATIL. 19/01/2006 (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 07:56 AM IST
By, Mumbai
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