ED summons lawyer Rohit Tandon who was found with Rs 14 cr cash
On the orders of a Delhi Court, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has summoned Delhi-based lawyer Rohit Tandon from whom office authorities had found nearly Rs 14 crore in cash including over Rs 2 crore in the brand new 2,000-rupees notes earlier this month.
The court had asked the ED as to why Rohit Tandon has still not been arrested despite the fact that Kolkata-based businessman Parasmal Lodha, who allegedly helped the Delhi lawyer convert Rs 2.62 crore of old notes to new ones was arrested.
Lodha has been taken into custody by the ED for allegedly working as an agent for Tandon and Tamil Nadu businessman J Sekhar Reddy. Tandon’s office in Delhi’s posh Greater Kailash-1 area was raided on the night of December 10 after a tip-off. In October, Tandon had reportedly declared undisclosed income worth Rs 125 crore, which could not be accounted for.
Tandon’s statement were being monitored and verified by the Crime Branch through his call records and bank statements. Tandon’s questioning had also revealed that he was lobbying for the post of a judge in Punjab and Haryana high court, where his father had also served as judge.
His son’s extravagant wedding last year had, however, put him under the scanner of the I-T department. Tandon had earlier claimed to be a corporate lawyer, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, but no big firm has hired him in the recent past. During Tandon’s questioning, he reportedly told the tax officials that he could account for the money and also claimed that some of it belonged to his clients.