According to reports on Saturday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has called Congress lawmaker Salman Khurshid’s wife Louise Khurshid for interrogation in connection with a money-laundering investigation into the alleged misappropriation of public funds in the trust that she leads for the distribution of prosthetic limbs and equipment.
According to them, she has been requested to appear in person on February 15 at the ED zonal office in Lucknow to record her statement in accordance with the PMLA’s requirements.
Louise Khurshid and another accused in this case are the subject of an arrest warrant issued by an MP-MLA court in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, two days ago. The next hearing date is set for February 16.
During the UPA administration, Salman Khurshid was a minister in the Union.
The state police’s 2017 FIR is what gave rise to the money laundering case before the ED.
Achintya Dwivedi, the Special Public Prosecutor, said that in the district of Bhojipura, the Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust of Louise Khurshid ran a program for the distribution of prosthetic limbs and equipment during the 2009–2010 year.
After learning of the anomalies, the authorities launched an investigation into the subject. He added that it was discovered that the software had forged signatures and seals, which resulted in the misappropriation of government monies.
Three primary defendants were named in the case: the trust’s secretary Athar Farooqui, its agent Pratyush Shukla, and project manager Louise Khurshid.
Shukla passed away a while back. The sources claim that after recording Shukla’s wife’s testimony along with a few others, the ED has now invited Louise Khurshid to participate in the investigation.
A chargesheet against both of the suspects has been submitted to the court by the Uttar Pradesh Police. The accused had received many summonses from the court, but they never showed up for the hearing or were granted bail.