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ED Provisionally Attaches Assets Worth Rs. 40.20 Lakh in Bhubaneswar in Connection with DA Case

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In a significant move, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken a decisive step in the ongoing Disproportionate Assets (DA) Case involving Biraj Mohan Mohanty and his wife, Smt. Sibanee Mohanty. The ED has provisionally attached movable and immovable assets, including bank balances, with a total value of Rs. 40.20 Lakh. This development is a part of the agency’s efforts to curb illicit financial activities and uphold the principles of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA).

Background:

The Disproportionate Assets (DA) Case against Biraj Mohan Mohanty has been a subject of scrutiny, with allegations of accumulating wealth disproportionate to known sources of income. The ED, in its pursuit of ensuring financial integrity, has invoked the provisions of the PMLA, 2002, to address concerns related to money laundering and disproportionate asset acquisition.

Provisional Attachment in Bhubaneswar:

The Enforcement Directorate’s intervention covers both movable and immovable assets, with a deliberate focus on assets situated in Bhubaneswar. The provisional attachment encompasses bank balances and properties, highlighting the agency’s commitment to restraining assets believed to be proceeds of crime.

Significance of the Provisional Attachment:

This provisional attachment serves multiple purposes. Firstly, it prevents the transfer, conversion, disposal, or movement of the attached assets, ensuring they remain intact for further investigation and legal proceedings. Secondly, it sends a strong deterrent message, emphasizing the consequences of engaging in financial activities that contravene the provisions of the PMLA.

Legal Implications:

The provisional attachment of assets under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) is a pivotal stage in the legal proceedings. It reflects the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) assurance of the case’s merits and lays the groundwork for future legal steps.

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