Even as the Enforcement Directorate froze bank deposits and shares worth Rs 44 crore, the agency has called in Ami, the wife of PNB scam accused, Nirav Modi for questioning.
Besides summoning Ami, an American citizen, the central probe agency has called his uncle and Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi for questioning on February 26 at the ED office in Mumbai, sources said. Mr Modi, who failed to turn up for questioning on Thursday, has also been issued summons to appear before the agency on the same day.
The ED also seized a huge collection of imported watches from a workshop linked to Mr Modi. ED officials said that they have issued fresh freeze orders against his bank accounts containing Rs 30 crore and shares worth Rs 13.86 crore of the Nirav Modi group under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). "The agency sleuths on Friday seized a large collection of imported watches, 176 steel almirahs, 158 corrugated boxes and 60 other containers after searches at multiple locations linked to Modi over the last week," sources said. The ED had on Thursday seized deposits, shares and luxury cars worth over 100 crores from the businessman and his group.
The total seizure by the ED in the case now stands at Rs 5,870 crore, officials claimed.