ED seizes Rs 4-cr worth of cash, bullion after raids on north India hawala operators
The searches were carried out under provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act against directors and associates of Paul Merchants Ltd, Quick Forex Ltd, Supama Forex Pvt Ltd and Curo India Pvt Ltd in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Jalandhar and Delhi, the agency said in a statement.
These ''entities sent outward remittances of over Rs 475 crore to Singapore, Hong Kong and the UAE on behalf of shell or dummy entities like Triple Streak Dream Holidays, Wangester Travels Pvt Ltd, Peripatizo Travels Pvt Ltd, Himalaya Tourism, Ezax Holidays, and Great Journey Tours etc'', it said These shell entities, the ED alleged, used ''fake IDs of various persons for making outward remittances in guise of purported travel transactions which resulted into generation of unauthorised (Hawala) money''.
It claimed that this ''illegal money has been invested in real estate and other businesses of their associated companies/entities''.
The action resulted in the seizure of Rs 3.88 crore worth Indian and foreign currency and bullion of Rs 24.2 lakh.
''The ED has also seized incriminating documents, laptops, mobile phones and property documents,'' it said.
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- Paul Merchants Ltd
- Quick Forex Ltd
- The Enforcement Directorate (ED
- Himalaya Tourism
- Ezax Holidays
- Wangester Travels Pvt Ltd
- Supama Forex Pvt Ltd
- Triple Streak
- Foreign Exchange
- Hong Kong
- Dream Holidays
- Curo India Pvt Ltd