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NSEL scam: Nationwide ED raids on Mohan India premises

Probing suspected money laundering in the crisis-riddden National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL), Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday conducted cross-country searches on the premises of Mohan India Ltd, a major borrower. The agency also sealed these properties estimated to be worth Rs 100 crore.

A special team of ED sleuths from Mumbai carried out searches on close to 15 premises in the national capital region, Maharashtra capital, Lucknow, Punjab and Chandigarh. The development comes just a day after the company had made a commitment to pay to the exchange about Rs 771 crore in final settlement over the next one year.

In order to probe the businesses and transactions of the bourse, the ED had registered a criminal case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) a few days back. The agency, according to sources, took into its possession a number of documents, account ledgers and few costly four-wheelers during the searches which began early on Thursday.

The ED suspects the firm laundered huge amounts of sums generated from the operations at NSEL and its investigations suggest these funds were ploughed into real estate and other avenues.

A flat in Delhi's Jor Bagh area, a villa in Gurgaon, a farmhouse in Kapashera and few other locations in the NCR were searched, sources said.

The ED, according to its probe till now, found no sugar stocks in the name of the firm which were reflected in the original documents.

Mohan India had on Wednesday announced that it will make a down payment of Rs 11 crore and the balance will be paid over the next one year. The firm's total outstanding was Rs 950 crore. NSEL, promoted by Jignesh Shah-led FTIL, is facing problem of settling Rs 5,600 crore dues to 13,000 investors after it suspended trade on July 31 on government direction.

So far, NSEL has settled about Rs 209 crore. In a related development in this case, Jignesh Shah on Thursday resigned as Non-Executive Vice Chairman of MCX, the leading commodity derivatives exchange.
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