Ashok Gehlot’s brother questioned by ED in fertiliser diversion case

Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday questioned businessman Agrasen Gehlot in reference to its probe into irregularities in export of fertiliser between 2007 and 2009. Agrasen is Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s elder brother.

This is the second time Agrasen was questioned in reference to the case. Sources stated he arrived on the ED workplace at round 11.30 am and was questioned until late night.

The alleged irregularities are associated to the import and use of Muriate of Potash (MoP). It is imported by Indian Potash Limited (IPL) and distributed to farmers, by corporations, at subsidised charges. IPL is worried with import-handling, promotion and advertising of Potash in the complete nation, and supplies it at subsidised charges to farmers.

According to officers, between 2007 and 2009, Agrasen, who was an authorised IPL seller, purchased MoP at subsidised charges and as a substitute of distributing to farmers, he offered it to some corporations, which in flip exported it to Malaysia and Singapore within the guise of Industrial Salt. MoP is below the listing of things that are banned for export. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence had unearthed the irregularities in 2012-13.

“He (Agrasen) has been questioned on the findings of the Customs department which had first investigated the matter and levied a penalty. We are probing the case with the angle of money laundering…” an ED official stated on Monday. On July 22 final yr – amid a political disaster in Rajasthan – ED had carried out searches at 13 areas, together with these linked to Agrasen and his firm Anupam Krishi.

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