Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday attached seven sugar mills worth over Rs 1,097 crore in a money laundering case against former Uttar Pradesh BSP MLC Haji Mohammed Iqbal and his family.
Enforcement Directorate alleged that during Mayawati government’s tenure several sugar mills were purchased in the name of shell companies which are under the “control” of Iqbal and his family members.
In October 2020, the Central Investigation Agency raided the bases of the former Saharanpur MLA. The mills owned by Iqbal and family are located in the districts of Kushinagar, Bareilly, Deoria, Hardoi and Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh and according to official estimates, they cost a total of Rs 10,97,18,10,250. In 2016, the Supreme Court directed the CBI to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against Iqbal after an investigation that the former MLA was involved in corruption and money laundering.