ED files supplementary chargesheet in hawala scam in Gujarat

The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday filed a second charge sheet in the Rs 5,395-crore hawala scam allegedly involving Surat-based trader Afroz Fatta before the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court here.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014, 00:16 AM IST

Ahmedabad: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday filed a second charge sheet in the Rs 5,395-crore hawala scam allegedly involving Surat-based trader Afroz Fatta before the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court here.

The probe agency, in this supplementary chargesheet before special judge S C Srivastava, has named eight traders from Mumbai and Ahmedabad and two firms. It shows allegedly illegal transactions of Rs 750 crore.

Those chargesheeted today are city-based traders Pankaj Thakkar, Karul Shah and Kaushik Shah, Mumbai-based Rakesh Kothari, Sagar Shah, Dharmendra Rolia, Hitesh Jain and Pravinkumar Jain.

It also names two Ahmedabad-based companies--Jalaram Finwest Private Limited and Advance FinStock Pvt Ltd.

Pruthviraj Kothari allegedly sent hawala money of Rs 750 crore to his nephew Rakesh Kothari through the online RTGS (real time gross settlement system), said the charge sheet.

Rakesh then allegedly sent the money through `angadias' (private couriers) to the main accused Afroz Fatta and Madanlal Jain, it said.

The money was transferred to various banks in Dubai and Hong Kong where it was received by Rakesh's brother Raju alias Rajesh Kothari, said the charge sheet.

In March this year, ED busted a multi-crore hawala racket during searches at Surat-based offices of some diamond traders including Fatta and Madanlal Jain.

They allegedly made bogus import bills to show that they had purchased diamonds from foreign traders and sent money abroad without a single diamond having imported.

Fatta, Rakesh Kothari and Mandanlal Jain were arrested in the case.