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The Delhi High Court on Monday allowed journalist Rana Ayyub to travel aborad. Rana Ayyub had filed a plea against the Enforcement Directorate’s action of restraining her from leaving the country.
Advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for Ayyub, argued that her client has been in constant touch with the ED and has always been willing to be present for questioning.
The ED said that Ayyub is evading probe in an ongoing money laundering case. However, Vrinda Grover denied the argument by the ED that Ayyub was not willing to join the investigation.
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She said, “There is nothing to show that Ayyub was evading or avoiding the ED”. The lawyer added, “The Look Out Circular was issued on March 28 because the journalist had announced her programme on social media”.
The bench of justice CD Singh allowed Rana Ayyub to travel. The detailed order will be uploaded on the court website.
THE MONEY LAUNDERING CASE
Rana Ayyub allegedly received donations worth Rs 2.69 crore through three campaigns out of which Rs 80.49 lakh was received in foreign currency. The foreign donations, sources say, were later returned by Rana Ayyub as the Income Tax Department initiated an investigation for allegedly violating the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA).
When Rana Ayyub’s statement was recorded by the ED, she allegedly told the investigators that she roughly spent Rs 60 to Rs 70 lakh for relief work. However, the ED has alleged that when they analysed the bank statements and credit card expenditure, the amount spent on relief work was Rs 28 lakh.
Sources say that part of the money received as donations was allegedly used for personal expenses including an alleged vacation trip.
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