A search operation by the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) has recovered at least Rs 17 crore from the premises of a businessman in Kolkata. The AML agency raided six locations in Kolkata, including one in the Garden Reach area, where ED brought in cash counting machines to count the amount recovered.
The search began this morning and cash counts are still ongoing at the premises of Aamir Khan, who ED officials say is not cooperating with the agency. The ED had undertaken the investigation into mobile gaming app fraud based on a case registered by the Kolkata Police.
The raid visuals show stacks of banknotes mostly in the Rs 500 denomination. There are also Rs 2,000 and Rs 200 notes.
The polling agency said the raids are linked to a mobile gambling app, which tricked people and the money recovered is what the accused hoarded after tricking the public.
The gambling app called “E-Nuggets” is promoted by the accused, Aamir Khan, the investigative agency said in a statement.
The case stems from a first information report, or FIR, by Kolkata Police filed against the company and its promoters in February 2021.
Agency officials were accompanied by Central Forces personnel to ensure law and order during the raids. Bank officials also accompanied ED staff.
The agency is investigating whether this app and its operators had ties to other “Chinese-controlled” apps that had granted loans at exorbitant rates and trapped people in a debt trap.