ED attaches assets worth Rs 25 lakh in ex-MLA KM Shaji's wife’s name


KM Shaji | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kozhikode: The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth Rs 25 lakh possessed by former MLA KM Shaji’s wife as part of the probe into the plus two bribery case and disproportionate assets case.

Taking to Twitter, ED announced that it has attached the house and land at Vengeri in Kozhikode on Tuesday. The property is registered in the name of Asha Shaji, wife of the former MLA.

ED registered the disproportionate assets case against Shaji in connection with the bribery case.

A probe into the case is in progress. Amidst this, the ED announced that it has provisionally attached assets worth Rs 25 lakh of Asha Shaji.

The assets were attached under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

Kannur block panchayat president Padmanabhan had filed a complaint to the vigilance that K M Shaji received Rs 25 lakh as bribe for allotting Plus Two for a school in Azhikode constituency. Following this, the ED started investigation to find out the financial sources.

An order has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to provisionally attach the immovable property of Asha Shaji located at Vengeri village, Kakkodi in Kozhikode district of the state.

The criminal case of money laundering against the former MLA is based on an April, 2020 FIR of the Kannur-based anti-corruption bureau (ACB).

"According to the FIR (of ACB), K M Shaji accepted a bribe of Rs 25 lakh in 2016 from a teacher, on behalf of the school management, wherein the teacher was later appointed as permanent teacher in a school located at Azhikode," the ED said in a statement.

A "substantial part of the proceeds of crime generated through the above mentioned criminal activity was utilised for the construction of the above mentioned residential building in the name of Asha Shaji during the year 2016," it said.

Shaji is a leader of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and a former MLA from the Azhikode assembly seat in Kannur district.

(With inputs frim PTI)

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