Despite an ongoing pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the white-collar crimes and scrutiny. Over the past few years, the enforcement agencies have been relatively active in undertaking punitive actions such as attachment of properties and undertaking arrests. Just a few months ago, the Enforcement Directorate (“ED“) seized assets worth 1.6 million euro in France belonging to a fugitive Indian businessman and arrested the promoter of a bankrupt travel company, in connection with its money laundering probe. Other notable instances include ED arresting high-profile people such as former ICICI Bank MD-CEO’s husband (in connection with ICICI -Videocon money laundering case) and Yes Bank former CEO (in connection with the YES Bank fraud case). Overall, ED investigated approximately 170 Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 (“PMLA“) cases and conducted approximately 430 raids for PMLA and foreign exchange laws violations in FY’20.
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