The Enforcement Directorate (ED), Raipur has issued a provisional attachment order for attachment of assets worth ₹29.75 lakh in a Naxal funding case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA). The attached property is in the name of Ashwini Verma and her younger brother Tamesh Verma in the form of an immovable property (agricultural land) located in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh.
ED on the basis of FIR registered by Chhattisgarh Police and final report no. 212/2018 dated 30.10.2018 under sections 13, 21, 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 against Ashwini Verma and others under PMLA started the investigation of the case of helping the banned Naxalite organization.
The investigation conducted under PMLA revealed that Ashwini Verma had received cash in the form of demonetised currency from Naxalites and paid this money to various individuals/local farmers for the purchase of food grains and agricultural products. During demonetisation, Ashwini Verma received money from Naxalites to buy food grains and pay agricultural products to farmers in demonetised currency notes. Later the grains or agricultural products thus purchased were sold and money was received in return. Of this, Rs 29,75,000 was invested by purchasing agricultural land in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh.