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Enforcement Directorate to grill 3 ‘goons’ linked to SP, BSP

The Enforcement Directorate has received permission from courts for custodial interrogation of these alleged political henchmen

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The Enforcement Directorate will question Uttar Pradesh politicians Azam Khan, Mukhtar Ansari and Atiq Ahmad ― all of them elected to UP assembly for at least five terms and currently in prison ― beginning today for the next few days. The ED is likely to attach their properties acquired through alleged money laundering and ‘proceeds of crime’ as public servants.

The Enforcement Directorate has received court permission for custodial interrogation of SP’s Lok Sabha MP from 20 to 24 September in connection with a money laundering case registered against him and his son, both currently in the district jail at Sitapur. The Uttar Pradesh government has already moved to reclaim 170 ac of Azam Khan-controlled Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur. UP police and central agencies are investigating several other grab cases.

The other alleged mafia dons associated with BSP and SP, Mukhtar Ansari and Atiq Ahmad respectively, will be questioned in prison by senior ED officials and officers investigating the case. While Ansari is lodged in the district jail at Banda, Atiq is in Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad.

The head of the Lucknow zone of the Enforcement Directorate, Rajeshwar Singh, confirmed that the agency had received permission from courts for custodial interrogation of these alleged goons. He did not deny the attachment proceedings initiated against them.

The agency has clubbed with the others and has identified their properties and various other assets to attach them in money laundering cases under investigation against them and their family members.

While is a sitting Lok Sabha MP and a senior leader, Mukhtar Ansari has been five-time MLA from on a BSP ticket. Atiq Ahmad is affiliated with the too. He was elected to Lok Sabha in 2014 on an SP ticket.

Mukhtar Ansari has 49 FIRs registered against him in cases related to murder, extortion and grabbing. He also faces a case of laundering MLA local area development funds and grabbing properties of evacuees who had migrated to Pakistan.

According to a dossier prepared by the Enforcement Directorate on Atiq Ahmad, he has 196 FIRs registered against him in cases of murder, extortion, and companies grabbing. In one case, a businessman, Mohit Jaiswal, was brought to Deoria jail where Atiq Ahmad was lodged. Jaiswal was thrashed and, facing a threat to his life, transferred at least three of his companies to Atiq Ahmad’s aides.

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