ED to question Balkrishna; channel under scanner

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The Enforcement Directorate will soon question Ramdev's close aide Balkrishna in connection with a money laundering case registered against him even as yet another enterprise of the yoga guru has come under the scanner of the agency.

While the ED is set to question Balkrishna on the foreign trips and investments he had made using his passport, it has begun scrutiny of funds inflow and remittances made in the television channel, Vedic broadcasting, run by Ramdev.

Sources in the agency said that a show cause notice for alleged irregularities in funds received in the channel would soon be issued.
The agency has got a report in this regard from the RBI and violations of forex laws is suspected, they said.

Ramdev and Balkrishna have rejected the charges of any wrongdoing.
The ED has stepped up the heat on the trusts and business enterprises of Ramdev as it has now completed the investigations in a number of instances.

The probe against Ramdev's trusts had begun last year. The agency had registered the money laundering case against Balkrishna acting on the CBI FIR which had charged him with violations of the Passport Act.

The ED, which enforces the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), suspects that Balkrishna, who has been looking after various trusts run by Ramdev, could have parked the alleged laundered money abroad using the forged passport as claimed by CBI.

Balkrishna is now out on bail after he was arrested by CBI for allegedly submitting fake documents for obtaining Indian passport.

The CBI had registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy against Balkrishna on July 23 last year for allegedly procuring fake degree and violating Section 12 of Indian Passport Act by furnishing fake and forged High School and graduation certificates to the passport authorities for obtaining the document.

The CBI had filed a charge-sheet in a special court here against Balkrishna in the case.

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