LUCKNOW Indian Overseas Service (IFS) officer Niharika Singh didn’t flip up on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) workplace within the state capital on Monday in connection together with her alleged position within the ₹600-crore Anee Bullion Industry (ABI) rip-off. This was the fourth summon the ED issued to the officer within the ongoing investigation into the rip-off.
Niharika is the spouse of ABI proprietor Ajit Kumar Gupta and at the moment posted in Indonesia. The ED had lodged a cash laundering case in opposition to the ABI in 2019 on the premise of 30 FIRs and complaints registered by the UP Police in opposition to Gupta.
ED officers mentioned they may await the IFS officer until Tuesday and take additional motion, if she fails to appear before the company. Earlier, three summons have been issued to the IFS officer of the 2006 batch however she failed to flip up.
The UP STF, together with the Lucknow Police, had arrested Gupta on July 16, 2020. Throughout investigations, Niharika Singh’s position got here to gentle. In 2021, the ED added the IFS officer’s identify within the case lodged underneath PMLA Act.
Sources mentioned that throughout the probe in opposition to Gupta, some dealings and switch of cash involving his spouse got here underneath scanner and now it wanted to be verified by her.
Niharika Singh has served as deputy chief of southern Africa division, in Tokyo and East Asian nations.
Explaining the modus operandi, ED sources mentioned the corporate first floated ponzi schemes in varied districts of Uttar Pradesh by way of firms like Anee Bullion Merchants, Anee Commodity Brokers Non-public restricted, Eye Imaginative and prescient India Credit score Co-operative Society Restricted, Anee Bullion Industries amongst others.
It lured folks to put money into the corporate, promising hefty returns within the type of plots. The corporate even issued post-dated cheques to persuade traders, mentioned ED sources.