Over the past few years, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has emerged as a formidable force of India’s security apparatus. Yet again, it is being observed in the recent Mohammad Zubair case. The entry of the ED into the ongoing probe has opened doors for new evidence in the investigation.
ED after Mohammad Zubair
Just days after Mohammad Zubair, co-founder of Altnews was arrested, the ED asked the Delhi Police to hand over the FIR, remand papers, and his bank account-related information to it. Apparently, it was done to investigate more issues related to the case. In regard to this, the DCP mentioned the probable transaction of donations in his account history.
The DCP, KPS Malhotra said, “We have found transactions over Rs 50 lakh in Zubair’s account. These were made in the last three months. We don’t know the source yet, but they could be donations from questionable organizations.”
Amidst the ongoing investigation, it was found that the ED will be looking into the transactions to check if any “money was laundered”. If Mohammad Zubair’s account statementsare found to have traces of money laundering, then the ED will lodge an “Enforcement Case Information Report” under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
As extensively reported by TFI, the Altnews co-founder Mohammad Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police on June 27 for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. It was followed by a Twitter user’s complaint to the Delhi Police that Zubair has insulted Bhagwan in his 2018 tweet.
He was arrested for provocation with the intent to cause riots and deliberately outraging religious feelings. Matter came to limelight, after he posted an image saying, “Before 2014: Honeymoon Hotel; After 2014: Hanuman Hotel.”
These accusations against Mohammad Zubair took him behind the bars, with the Delhi Police probing into the case. The co-founder of Altnews has time and again been the subject of legal scrutiny.
Earlier, in 2020, the Delhi Police charged him under a POSCO case, after the complaint was filed by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chairperson Priyank Kanoongo. Apart from this, an FIR was also registered against him in June this year, when he called Mahant Bajrang Muni Udasin, Yati Narsinghanand, and Swami Anand Swarup as “hatemongers”.
With the entry of the Enforcement Directorate in the Mohammad Zubair case, it won’t take long for Zubair to face the wrath of law for his actions. It is because only the ED has the capability to curb the menace of white-collar jobs.
ED has a long list of its actions for the development and smooth functioning of India’s democracy. The agency has a plethora of achievements under its belt. From politicians to radical organizations like the Popular Front of India (PFI), ED has tightened all the screws.
On May 6, 2022, the Enforcement Directorate raided 20 locations allegedly linked to close aides of the Jharkhand Chief minister. Apart from this, Satyendra Jain, a minister of AAP was arrested by ED on money laundering charges. These are just a few of the long lists of cases successfully handled by the ED.
The introduction of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the recent Mohammad Zubair case, is just an add-on to the ED’s hall of fame. Moreover, with the inclusion of the law enforcement agency, it can be considered that now it’s the final end for the ill-minded people who deliberately inflict outrageous sentiments in society.
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