Bengaluru, Oct 3: The Enforcement Directorate will probe to find out if there were any instances of money laundering in the Karnataka Lokayukta case where allegations of extortion have been made.
The probe which is being handled by the Special Investigating Team had found that money had allegedly been laundered and hence the help of the ED was sought.
The ED comes into the picture when there are charges of money laundering that have been made. The ED probe would be under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act of 2002. The ED would probe the extent of money laundered, if any.
It was alleged by the SIT that Ashiwn Rao, the son of Lokayukta, Justice Bhaskar Rao had laundered money. Certain transactions to the tune of around Rs 1 crore were transacted allegedly by Ashwin, the SIT alleged. The transactions were made between the years 2014 to 2015.
The ED says that there is a prima facie case made out and hence needs to be probed. The investigators have been in touch with several persons and some of them have said that there were certain transactions that were made. The officials are also trying to contact one Dr Wilson who is alleged to have transferred a certain amount of money to Ashwin.
In addition to this, the ED will look into four other transactions made by Ashwin and his accomplices which seem suspicious. There is a trail of money being laundered and only a further probe can get us the exact details, the officials informed OneIndia.