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Oxygen concentrator hoarding: ED files money laundering case against businessman Navneet Kalra

The money laundering probe will lead to the agency looking at any suspicious financial transactions made by Kalra in the past, ED officers said.
 

Oxygen concentrator hoarding: ED files money laundering case against businessman Navneet Kalra-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published May 20, 2021, 4:05 PM IST
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a money laundering case against businessman and restaurateur Navneet Kalra, who was arrested by Delhi Police on Sunday evening for allegedly hoarding oxygen concentrators at three of his restaurants and selling them at inflated prices, ED officials said on Wednesday.

The central probe agency took cognisance of a Delhi Police FIR that was filed on May 5 after policemen raided some restaurants and premises owned and linked to Kalra and recovered more than 500 of these life-saving machines from there.

The money laundering probe will lead to the agency looking at any suspicious financial transactions made by Kalra in the past, ED officers said.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police seized two cell phones from Navneet Kalra in connection with the oxygen concentrators hoarding case.

The police said the phones have been sent to the forensic science laboratory for further examination.

A Delhi Court had remanded businessman Navneet Kalra to three-day police custody in connection with the hoarding case on May 17.

As many as 524 concentrators were seized on May 7 from registered offices and restaurants owned by Kalra in Delhi’s Khan Market, Lodhi Colony and Chhattarpur areas. A first information report was registered and four people – Hitesh Prakash, Gaurav Singh, Satish Sethi and Vikrant Singh – were arrested during the raids. The accused were booked under Indian Penal Code sections of cheating, Essential Commodities Act and Epidemic Diseases Act.

Delhi Police has registered a case under various offenses dealing with cheating, disobedience to order promulgated by a public servant, criminal conspiracy, and violating provisions of Essential Commodities Act, 1955 following the seizure of oxygen concentrators from restaurants in South Delhi.

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