ED attaches Rs 3.92 crore property of ex Odisha MLA Pravat Biswal

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

The Enforcement Directorate attached property of over Rs 3.92 crore belonging to former Cuttack-Choudwar MLA Pravat Biswal in connection with a money laundering case. The Directorate of Enforcement(ED) has provisionally attached movable and immovable assets worth Rs. 3,92,20,000 belonging to Pravat Ranjan Biswal, ex MLA, Cuttack and M/s Media Guru Consultants Private Ltd under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 in a ponzy scam case.

According to the anti-corruption agency, the ex-MLA made a fraudulent collection of deposits from the gullible public in the guise of issuance of preferential shares by enrolling the depositors as members of cooperative societies, the ED said in a press release.

These companies were neither registered as Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) nor listed in the National Stock Exchange of India (NSEI) and as such not authorised to collect such public deposits.

The attached assets include a bank balance of Rs 25 Lakhs at the SBI Cuttack Branch belonging to Pravat Ranjan Biswal and one immovable property belonging to M/s Media Guru Consultants Private Ltd. in NOIDA, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.

The investigation was initiated under PMLA, 2002 on the basis of an FIR and Chargesheet filed by the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Crime Branch, Odisha Police and FIR, Chargesheet filed by CBI, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code against M/s Seashore Group of Companies which were involved in the process of money laundering.

These companies generated proceeds of crime and diverted the said tainted money into acquiring different movable and immovable properties.

They fraudulently and dishonestly collected a huge amount from the general public out of which Rs 25 Lakhs was diverted to the ex-MLA & his family members and Rs 4 Crore was diverted to M/s Media Guru Consultants Private Ltd to set up a News and Current Affairs TV Channel named STV SAMACHAR.

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