PUNE: All the police commissionerates and units in Maharashtra have been asked to send a monthly report about cases related to money laundering to the State Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which will forward them to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Delhi.
The cases related to fake currency, sedition, explosives, narcotics and terrorism have to be sent without considering any monetary limit while in cases of murder, robbery, assault, kidnapping, counterfeiting government stamps, cheating, forgery, prostitution, wildlife, securities and exchange, corruption related cases, monetary value should be above Rs 30 lakh. Details have been sought in cases warranting action under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002.
ATS Chief Atulchandra Kulkarni has written a letter in this regard to the police commissioners. The letter was issued based on a request for details from the ED.
The ED investigates offences of money laundering and takes actions of attachment and confiscation of property if the same is determined to be proceeds of crime derived from offences under PMLA and to prosecute the persons involved in the offence of money laundering. There are 156 offences under 28 statutes, which are scheduled offences under PMLA.
Initiation of any action by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under PMLA is subject to registration of a case of commission of a predicate offence included in the schedule of PMLA by any other law enforcement agency (police, CBI etc).
Upon investigation, the assets/property involved in money laundering is attached by the ED and persecution complaint is filed in designated special courts.