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ED Files Charge Sheet Against Arms Dealer Sanjay Bhandari, Others In Money Laundering Case

The individuals named in the Enforcement Directorate charge sheet include Sanjay Bhandari, his relative S Chadha, and NRI businessman C C Thampi, reportedly.

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The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday reportedly lodged a new charge sheet in a money laundering probe against alleged middleman and arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, presently residing in the UK, along with others.

According to PTI, this supplementary prosecution complaint has been submitted in a local court under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act .

The individuals named in the charge sheet include Bhandari, his relative S Chadha, and NRI businessman C C Thampi, reportedly.

It is anticipated that the court will formally acknowledge this complaint later in the week. Notably, the initial charge sheet against Bhandari was filed by the ED in the year 2020.

Bhandari is stated by the ED to have "absconded" to the UK in 2016 and he has been declared a proclaimed offender by a special PMLA court in the money laundering case linked to possession of alleged undisclosed assets abroad.

The UK government approved Bhandari's extradition to India in January this year, acting on the legal request made by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation which are probing charges of money laundering and tax evasion against Bhandari for holding alleged undisclosed assets abroad.

The ED filed a criminal case of money laundering against him and others in February 2017, taking cognisance of an Income Tax Department charge sheet filed against him under the anti-black money law of 2015.

His alleged links with Robert Vadra, the businessman husband of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, are also under the scanner of the ED.

In October, the ED has issued eviction orders and taken possession of a costly south Delhi property as part of this probe against Bhandari.

The agency is also probing his alleged role in another money laundering case linked to alleged corruption in the purchase of 75 Pilatus basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2009.

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