Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: The first information report (FIR) and other documents in the case of alleged money laundering, registered against Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh in Kanpur and transferred to the EOW of the Uttar Pradesh Criminal Investigation Department, have been sent to the Directorate of Enforcement of the Union Finance Ministry.

This follows a letter received by the State government from the Directorate on Tuesday.

The Centre has taken suo motu cognisance of the case, Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told journalists here on Thursday.

Concomitantly, the EOW urged the Securities and Exchange Board of India to send a report after examining allegations pertaining to shares of companies, before it proceeded with the investigation.

The documents were also sent to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office of the Department of Company Affairs, the Cabinet Secretary said.

The FIR, lodged at the Babu Purwa police station against Mr. Amar Singh and others by Shivakant Tripathi, contained allegations of falsification of documents and false income tax returns and mentioned some decisions taken by Mr. Singh during his tenure as Chairman of the U.P. Development Council from 2003 to 2007.

The Cabinet Secretary said the allegations mainly related to the merger of some companies into two firms, Sarvottam Caps Limited and Pankaja Arts & Credit Private Limited, and transfer of money to these companies. The allegations also pertained to share prices.