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Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrests Chennai criminal’s brother in money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday said that it has arrested the brother of a Chennai-based criminal, wanted in several cases of extortion and murder, in connection with the money laundering probe against them.

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Senthil is the brother of Sridhar Dhanpal who is wanted in several cases of extortion and murder.

Chennai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday said that it has arrested the brother of a Chennai-based criminal, wanted in several cases of extortion and murder, in connection with the money laundering probe against them.

The agency’s zonal office on Wednesday arrested D. Senthil here, brother of Sridhar Dhanpal, as he is “involved in the offense of money laundering in a case related to an extortion and an acquiring property with the proceeds of crime”.

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Senthil has been sent to 15 days judicial custody by the court here. He has been lodged in a  Puzhal central prison, it said.

Dhanpal and his associates had as many as 26 police FIRs registered against them even as the CBI has issued an Interpol arrest warrant and it is suspected he is currently in Dubai, ED has earlier said.

The agency had said that it began probing Dhanpal based on the FIR of Tamil Nadu Police against him and his associates and found that the person had “committed the offence of money laundering using the proceeds of crime and had acquired nearly 124 immovable properties in his name and name of his wife, daughter & brother”.

Senthil was examined, wherein he had inter alia stated that he had acted only on an instructions of his elder brother Dhanpal by purchasing the immovable properties in his (Senthil’s) name with the money given by the Dhanpal and disposed off the properties as instructed by his brother and have delivered the cash to the persons named by Dhanpal.

“He did not reveal any information on the proceeds of a crime being the sale proceeds of various immovable properties held in his name and the transacted in the process,” the agency said in a statement.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), in September last year, had attached the assets worth Rs 150 crore in this case under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

It had said that Dhanpal has been evading the “judicial proceedings in India for three years and it that he flew from India in 2013 and he is now in Dubai“.

Dhanpal also had cases of an extortion, murder and attempt to murder, illegal possession of arms registered against him, the agency had said.

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