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ED chargesheets Pearls Group under PMLA in Rs 450 billion ponzi scam

Apart from Pearls Group chief Nirmal Singh Bhangoo and his three colleagues, other persons have also been named in the ED chargesheet

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Enforcement Directorate

The on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against the and its chief in connection with a ponzi scam involving over Rs 450 billion, which was collected allegedly by two from 55 million investors.

Apart from Bhangoo, who is in judicial custody, his three colleagues and other persons have also been named in the ED chargesheet filed in a special court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The ED, which started the probe after lodging an FIR in 2015 based on the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) case, had in January attached Australia-based assets of the and Bhangoo worth Rs 4.72 bn.

The CBI had arrested Bhangoo and his three colleagues in 2016 following allegations that they collected funds from investors in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and other states through ponzi schemes, in the name of real estate projects.

Bhangoo, his PACL and PGFL, as well as his lakhs of commission agents were accused of cheating 55 million investors on the pretext of sale and development of agriculture land.

The made false allotments of land to investors. However, the companies never owned any land in their own name.

Bhangoo and his companies promised the investors that allotment would be done on their investment between 90 and 270 days and if not, handsome returns would be paid.

First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 15:22 IST