The Enforcement Directorate has issued fresh orders for attaching assets worth about Rs.5 crore in connection with its money laundering probe in the Citibank Gurgaon scam.

The order on freezing bank accounts and assets in the name of bank’s relationship manager and alleged mastermind of the scam Shivraj Puri is the second such action by the agency in this 2011 case, after it had undertaken similar action against him related to properties and cash.

The agency will also file a charge-sheet in this case soon, sources said. Several depositors were duped in the Rs.460.91-crore alleged fraud engineered by Mr. Puri, also a Global Wealth Manager of the bank working at its branch in neighbouring Gurgaon in Haryana. An attachment order by the ED is aimed to deprive the accused from deriving any benefit out of the tainted properties as they are termed as “proceeds of crime“.

The accused can challenge the order at the Adjudicating Authority of the anti-money laundering law based in the national capital within 180 days.

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