New Delhi, Sep 21 (UNI) Enforcement Directorate (ED) is likely to begin a money laundering probe into the Chinese espionage case involving arrested freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma to look into the money trail. “As soon as the agency will get a request from the Delhi Police, it will look into the case and after reading the case diary and FIR of the ED officials said adding that based on the assessment of these, the probe agency may register its own case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they added.
Delhi Police has indicated that the investigating team will soon be writing to the ED to probe the alleged illegal financial transactions made by the accused persons including Sharma, Chinese lady Qing Shi and her Nepalese partner Sher Singh alias Raj Bohra.
On last Saturday Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, DCP, Special Cell, had said between January 2019 and September 2020, Sharma received more than Rs 30 lakh from a man named George.
Police also said that in his confession, Sharma said George lives in Kunming in China, and is the general manager of a Chinese media company who allegedly offered Sharma 500 US Dollar per article or for information on Dalai-Lama related issues in India.
The money was sent through Qing and Singh’s shell companies, MZ Pharmacy and MZ Malls, police alleged. The Special Cell is also checking social media accounts of the accused to examine information that was passed onto Chinese Intelligence.