The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned DJ Aqeel and Bollywood actor Dino Morea for questioning in the Sterling Biotech alleged bank fraud and money laundering probe case, officials said on July 1, 2019.
Both Bollywood personalities have been asked to depose before the ED as it has got evidence that the two were paid some money by the Gujarat-based pharmaceutical group in the past, they said. They will be questioned about the circumstances of these payments made out of the proceeds of crime and their statements will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002
, the officials said.
The agency last week had reportedly made one of its largest PMLA attachments and frozen assets worth 9,778 crore of the group in India and abroad. The alleged Rs 8,100 crore bank loan fraud is being alleged to have been perpetrated by the Vadodara-based pharma firm and its promoters Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara and Deepti Sandesara. The agency has initiated extradition proceedings of main accused Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara and it is believed that the family is hiding in Albania. The Sandesaras are also under investigation for their alleged nexus with some high-profile politicians by the ED as also by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax Department under criminal sections that deal with corruption and tax evasion respectively.