Two days after the Gujarat High Court rejected the bail utility of Saket Gokhale, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has now arrested the Trinamool Congress (TMC) spokesperson for misappropriation of funds sourced from the general public.
Saket Gokhale was taken into custody by the ED beneath legal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Ahemdabad, the place he’s already in jail after he was arrested by Gujarat Police. ED will produce him earlier than a neighborhood courtroom looking for his remand for questioning.
It should be talked about that Saket Gokhale has been in judicial custody since his arrest by the Gujarat police on December 29 final 12 months. Gokhale is accused of misappropriating ₹1.07 crore collected from the general public by means of crowd-funding.
ED arrests Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale in cash laundering case: Officials
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While rejecting his bail utility on Monday (January 23), the Gujarat High Court mentioned that the TMC spokesperson can apply for bail as soon as the chargesheet is filed in opposition to him. Saket Gokhale is charged beneath sections 420 (dishonest), 406 (legal breach of belief), and 467 (forgery) of the Indian Penal Code.
TMC chief Saket Gokhale was arrested by the Gujarat Police for siphoning off cash within the identify of activism. The police had discovered accounts linked to Gokhale the place he was receiving cash, which he claimed was getting used for authorized charges for activism-related instances however was as a substitute getting used for private bills. Before that, he was arrested by Gujarat police for spreading pretend information about PM Modi.
Earlier this month, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee got here out in defence of Gokhale and accused the Gujarat police of ‘procedural lapses’ within the investigation course of.