Raninder questioned by ED for six hours

Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, November 19

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in the alleged Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violation case today. He was questioned for over six hours.

FEMA violation case

  • The ED probe concerns an investigation into assets acquired abroad and movement of funds, a case first investigated by the IT Dept
  • The IT probe alleged there were discrepancies in the full disclosure of assets — a charge denied by Raninder

Raninder, who arrived at the ED office at 11 am, was accompanied by Congress spokesperson and lawyer Jaiveer Shergill.

This is the third time Raninder has been summoned by the ED this year. On October 27, he failed to appear before the ED owing to a meeting in the Rajya Sabha and again on November 6 (in the same case) citing health reasons. He last appeared before the ED on July 21, 2016.

“I am a law-abiding citizen and have appeared before the ED today. I am ready to appear whenever summoned by the ED or any government agency, subject to inquiry. We will continue to cooperate with the authorities in the inquiry,” Raninder told mediapersons after emerging out of the ED office.

While key Congress leaders have time and again alleged political vendetta in the timing of his summoning by the ED, Raninder said: “I can’t comment any further on the issue as the case is subject to inquiry. I leave this to your judgment.”

While commenting on the long duration of the questioning, Shergill said: “That is the standard operating procedure of the ED. He has earlier, too, been questioned for five hours. We are extending all cooperation.”

The ED probe concerns an investigation into assets acquired abroad and movement of funds, a case first investigated by the Income Tax Department.

The IT probe alleged there were discrepancies in the full disclosure of assets — a charge denied by Raninder.

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