New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday searched over 10 places in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in connection with the Rs 1,500 crore Gomti riverfront development project in Lucknow.
“Since morning our teams have been carrying out the raids involving a probe into charges of money laundering in the Gomti riverfront project case,” an ED official told IANS.
The locations include residences of engineers and officials of the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department.
The ED is looking for documents and evidences to check if the funds generated for the beautification and development project were laundered and ploughed to create illegal assets by the accused.
On March 30, 2018, the agency registered the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case taking cognizance of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR that was registered in December 2017.
The CBI had taken over the probe after the Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government took charge in Uttar Pradesh. The project was given the nod by his predecessor Akhilesh Yadav during the Samajwadi Party’s regime.