Lucknow: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a case against former Samajawadi Party leader Amar Singh, while issuing notices to Bollywood star Amitabh Bachan along with Amar and his wife Pankaja in connection with money laundering case.

The ED has started investigating Amar Singh on the directions of High Court. Several big names are likely to come under ED’s scanner.  It may be recalled that Shivkant Tripathi on October 15, 2009 had filed a complaint against Amar at Babupurwa Police Station in Kanpur.

Shivkant had alleged that unlawful gains to the tune of Rs 400 crore were made between 2003 and 2005 after amalgamating Pankaja Art and Credit Limited and Sarvotam Campus Limited with 41 companies.

Amitabh Bachchan is accused of having share in the company and of attending seven out of ten Board meetings.

The case of Anti-corruption Act, fraud and money laundering Act was registered against Amar, however, the case of Babupurwa FIR was transferred to the Kolkata police. Later, Economic Offence Research wing also investigated into the matter.

Thereafter, both the parties move to the Allahabad High Court. The HC bench comprising Justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and SS Tiwari, while hearing the case on May 20 directed the ED to probe the matter.

The bench had ordered the ED to register the case within two weeks and start with its investigation.

According to the sources, on the directions of the High Court, the ED after constituting a team led by Assistant Director has started with its probe.


JPN/Bureau