ED attaches worth over Rs 1.77 cr bank deposits of journalist Rana Ayyub in money laundering probe
The Enforcement Directorate ED has attached over 1.77 crore rupees worth bank deposits of journalist Rana Ayyub in connection with a money-laundering probe. The investigation against the journalist is linked to alleged irregularities in charitable funds raised from public donors.
The money laundering case against Ayyub was filed after taking cognisance of a September 2021 FIR of Ghaziabad Police. It alleges irregularities in donor funds of over 2.69 crore rupees raised by her through online crowdfunding platform Ketto.
Sources said, the funds were raised on Ketto by Rana Ayyub were withdrawn in the bank accounts of her sister and father. All these funds, were subsequently transferred in Ayyub’s own account.
Fake bills were found to have been prepared by Rana Ayyub in the name of some entities to claim expenses on relief work and expenses made for personal travel by air were claimed as expense for relief work.
The ED said, funds were raised in the name of charity in a completely pre-planned and systematic manner and the funds were not utilised completely for the purpose of which the funds were raised.