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Blackmoney case: ED summons Pankaj Lodhiya

PTI 15 Nov 2014, 7:58:49 AM IST

Ahmedabad: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Rajkot-based bullion trader Pankaj Lodhiya, whose name figured in the list of blackmoney holders submitted by the government to the Supreme Court, to probe if he was involved in hawala trade.

ED sources said Lodhiya has been on its radar ever since Income Tax sleuths conducted a search operation during 2013 and found several documents which confirmed that he had atleast two overseas bank accounts -- one in Dubai and another in Singapore.

After his name surfaced in the list of blackmoney holders, the ED has once again opened his case to find out if he has been using his overseas bank accounts to send his blackmoney outside India.

ED's focus is on the possibility of Lodhiya using his overseas business and bank accounts to run a hawala network as well as helping others to send their money outside India, sources said.

On October 27, the central government had filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in the black money case, naming three prominent businessmen namely Pradip Burman, formerly of the Dabur group, Goa-based miner Radha S Timblo and Pankaj Lodhiya.

This is not the first time Lodhiya has been summoned and questioned by the ED.