A search operation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has recovered more than Rs 170 crore from the residence of a businessman in Kolkata. The anti-money laundering agency raided six locations in Kolkata, including one in the Garden Reach area, and the Education Department brought in cash counters to calculate the amount recovered.
The search began Saturday morning at the residence of Aamir Khan, who ED officials said was not cooperating with the agency. The cash count ends on Sunday morning,
The ED said Rs 170 crore and Rs 3.2 million were recovered in the raid.
Footage of the raid showed stacks of banknotes mostly in 500 rupees denominations. There are also 2,000 rupee and 200 rupee notes.
The investigation agency said the raid was linked to a mobile gaming app that had been deceiving people and that the money recovered was accumulated by the accused after deceiving the public.
The investigating agency said in a statement that the gaming app, called “E-Nuggets,” was promoted by defendant Aamir Khan.
The case stemmed from the first information report or FIR filed by the Kolkata Police in February 2021 against the company and its promoters.
The agency officials were accompanied by central force personnel to ensure law and order during the raid. Bank officials also accompanied ED officials.
The agency is investigating whether the app and its operators are linked to other “China-controlled” apps that make loans at exorbitant rates and trap people in debt.