NEW DELHI/JODHPUR: Agrasen Gehlot, the elder brother of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, and his firm Anupam Krishi were at the centre of nationwide searches carried out by the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday.
Gehlot is accused of illegally exporting 35,000 tons of potassium chloride (Muriate of Potash: MoP), a restricted commodity issued at subsidised rates for use of farmers, making a wrongful gain. Agrasen, allegedly as part of a “smuggling syndicate”, exported the fertiliser “mis-declaring the consignments as industrial salt” to buyers in Malaysia and Taiwan.
The raids covered Agrasen’s Jodhpur residence and premises linked to him in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Kolkata. Rejecting claims made by Congress that the raids were politically motivated, a senior ED official said the agency registered a money laundering investigation against Gehlot.