Lucknow: After registering the case against Rajya Sabha MP and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, Enforcement Directorate (ED) has extended its probe area in the money laundering issue to Kolkata and Mumbai.

The officials of ED have sought the information regarding 70 odd companies associated with Singh from the Registrar of Companies Kolkata and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Singh has been alleged of amassing a profit to the tune of Rs 400 crore by amalgamating 43companies. In context to the money laundering case, ED has issued notices to 11 people including Amar Singh and his wife Pankaja along with Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan. The list includes the names of investors whose companies were amalgamated by Singh. ED will also interrogate with Singh’s brother Arvind Singh.

On October 15, 2009, Shiva Kant Tripathi had lodged an FIR against Singh at Babupurva police station of Kanpur.

The Allahabad High Court on May 20 ordered the ED to probe the matter. Sources said Amitabh Bachchan is also an accused of having share in Bangalore based company and attending seven out of ten Board meetings. The investigation report of Economic Offence Wing (EOW) submitted to the ED has also confirmed Bachchan’s business relation.

According to this report, Singh and his associates allegedly gained huge profits by amalgamating bogus companies.
A Director of one of such companies, Devpal Singh claimed that he had no information about the company which had been started on his name.

On the basis of this statement, the ED officials have started collecting the details of various companies associated with Singh. 

JPN/Bureau