Bhubaneswar, May 22: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued orders to attach property worth Rs 485 crore of three mining companies and a chit fund company in connection with its money laundering probes in Odisha.
ED issued order to attach the property of three companies owned by Deepak Gupta and his family. And, the property of chit fund company – Artha Tatwa (AT) Group of Companies will also be attached as per the orders issued by ED Kolkata office on Thursday.
Property worth Rs 400 cr of the three firms – M/S Deepak Steel, M/S Deepak Steel and Power and M/S Sneh Pushp will be attached. It is noteworthy that these three firms were in indicated by the Justice MB Shah Commission of Inquiry in Uliburu mining scam.
The assets of these four firms including AT Group will be attached under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Taking cognisance of the FIR filed by Odisha police’s Vigilance wing in 2012, the ED slapped PMLA charges against these firms.