New Delhi :
Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court has sent Manish Kothari to Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody for 5 days in the animal smuggling case. ED presented Manish Kothari in the court. ED said that we arrested Manish Kothari at around 7.15 pm yesterday. He is the accountant of Mandal who has done money laundering on behalf of Mandal. He diverted money through this by creating some shell companies. When Anubrata Mandal was questioned, he said that Kothari knew everything. ED sought 7 days remand of Kothari. Kothari’s lawyer opposed the remand saying that Kothari has cooperated whenever called. He is a professional, so he has done his duty as a CA. He has recently undergone a surgery, he needs medical care. They are cooperative, professional and there is no risk of fleeing the country. Conditions could have been imposed, whenever they are called they are coming but there is really no need to take them into custody.
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On the other hand, ED said that if his answers are not matching with others, then he is giving evasive answers which cannot be the basis. ED’s lawyer said that Kothari’s medical has been done, he is absolutely fit, there is no disease. Kothari’s lawyer said that 7 days custody is more. ED’s lawyer on this PC/JC/Bail three things can be done after arrest. If there is no bail then there is PC or JC. Medical is done every day at 10 am.
Significantly, the ED had arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Anubrata Mandal’s ‘Chartered Accountant’ (CA) Manish Kothari in connection with the investigation of the alleged cattle smuggling scam. Kothari was arrested late Tuesday evening by ED officials after questioning him for nearly seven hours at his office in the city, said an official of the central probe agency. “He is not cooperating with us and In a way trying to divert the investigation. He has been arrested. He will be interrogated in detail.” According to the official, the ED wants to interrogate Kothari and the Birbhum Trinamool Congress president board in connection with its probe.
“Interrogating both Mandal and his CA together will definitely help us in the investigation. This person has played a key role in the scam.” Let me tell you, the ED had arrested the TMC leader board in November last year. He was taken into custody by the CBI in August 2022 in the animal smuggling case. After taking Mandal into custody, the ED took him to New Delhi to investigate the scam. Mandal is currently lodged in Tihar Jail. (also input from language)
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