ED continues to quiz MLA PV Anvar in money laundering case

Kochi: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday continued questioning Nilambur MLA PV Anvar in the probe into alleged money laundering.

Anvar is accused of swindling and whitening black money over investment in a rock mine in Mangaluru.

He was also questioned on Monday. The quizzing is at the Kochi office of the central agency.

The complainants are Malappuram native Salim Naduthody and Kasaragod native Ibrahim. According to the complaint, Salim had made an agreement with Anvar about investing in the rock quarry in Belthangady. Anvar was given Rs 50 lakh in return for a 10 per cent share in the mine and a Rs 50,000 monthly payment. The MLA had reportedly told the complainants that he owned the property.

However, Salim asked Anvar to return the principal amount when he found out that the quarry was not owned by Anvar.

When he refused, Salim approached the police. Salim said the police did not probe the matter. Though a cheating case was registered based on the order of the Manjeri Chief Judicial Magistrate, there was no progress. Salim then approached the high court and the case was handed over to the Crime Branch. Meanwhile, ED booked a case for money laundering.

Anvar has been an independent member of the Kerala Assembly since 2016. The ruling LDF backed him in the last two elections in the constituency. He was also the CPM pick for the Ponnani Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 elections.

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