Enforcement Directorate seeks intervention from MCOCA

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Mumbai, Oct 18 (UNI) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today moved an application before MCOCA court, seeking intervention on a petition filed by Sujata Nikhalje, wife of fugitive underworld don Chhota Rajan.

Sujata has filed an application before the special court seeking permission to go abroad with her daughter for admission. The couple's daughter, Anita, has got admission in undergraduate courses at two top universities abroad.

Moving an intervention application before Maharashtra Control for Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court Judge V G Awchat, ED Assistant Director A P Bhandare stated that the agency had filed a money laundering case against the accused on January 24, 2007. The investigation in that case is still pending.

ED official further stated that investigation in the case is in the final stage and during that period, the accused should be present in India.

The property, which was sold by Sujata, is under investigation and is subject to the attachment.

Special Public Prosecutor Jimmy Madan said Sujata had filed the application for going abroad. He was not aware of what ED filed today. He said he, however, will file the reply on her petition on Monday.

Sujata was arrested by the police for allegedly trying to extort Rs 18 lakh from a builder at Chembur and for possessing unaccounted wealth. She was charged under the stringent MCOCA, after the police recorded conversations between her and Chota Rajan on matters pertaining to extortion and other havala transactions.

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