The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has started investigating all undisclosed and declared assets belonging to notorious UP gangster Vikas Dubey, who was allegedly killed in a police encounter on Sunday. After getting some documents including an FIR from Kanpur Police, ED is preparing to contact them again soon.
ED had received information that Dubey has travelled to several countries in the past three years and has bought a penthouse each in the UAE and Thailand. Recently, he also bought a property worth Rs 20 crore in Lucknow, while he already owns 11 houses and 16 flats in Kanpur, including a duplex kothi.
ED sources said that the information has been sought from Kanpur police on cases filed against Dubey and his associates, charge sheet filed against them in court, details of assets and bank accounts. ED has also reportedly sought information from the Income Tax Department about the income tax returns filed in the past few years by Dubey and his gang.
Based on these documents, ED is likely to file a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Dubey’s associates. There are over three dozen cases registered against him and his gang in UP, which may further attract serious PMLA cases by ED.
Many illegal assets owned by the deceased can be attached under PMLA including his illegal movable and immovable properties in UP and Rajasthan. UP Special Task Force has also expanded the scope of investigation in related cases.