Advertisement
Saturday, Dec 04, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Fake Covid Test During Kumbh: ED Conducts Raids, Files Money Laundering Case

The ED said it has seized 'incriminating documents, bogus bills, laptops, mobile phones and property documents and Rs 30.9 lakh cash' during the raids

Fake Covid Test During Kumbh: ED Conducts Raids, Files Money Laundering Case
Due to false negative testing by these labs, positivity rate of Haridwar during Kumbh Mela was shown at 0.18 per cent against the actual 5.3 per cent, | File- Representational Image
Fake Covid Test During Kumbh: ED Conducts Raids, Files Money Laundering Case
outlookindia.com
2021-08-06T21:10:02+05:30

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday conducted multiple raids and filed a money laundering case in connection with the fake Covid tests during the recently-held Kumbh mela in Uttarakhand's Haridwar.

The agency in a statement said that searches were conducted at the offices of Novus Path Labs, DNA Labs, Max Corporate Services, Dr Lal Chandani Labs Pvt Ltd and Nalwa Laboratories Pvt Ltd and also at the residential premises of their directors in Dehradun, Haridwar, Delhi, Noida and Hisar.

The ED said it has seized "incriminating documents, bogus bills, laptops, mobile phones and property documents and Rs 30.9 lakh cash" during the raids that were ongoing.

The agency recently registered a criminal case under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the accused companies and their directors after studying Uttarakhand Police FIRs against them.

This was followed by the raids.

These labs were given the contract by the Uttarakhand government for conducting rapid antigen and RT-PCR tests for coronavirus during the Kumbh Mela, the ED said.

These labs hardly carried out any COVID-19 test and made "fake entries" for the testing and raised "bogus" bills in order to earn illegal financial gains, it said.

"An amount of Rs 3.4 crore has already been received by them from Uttarakhand government as part payment," the ED said.

The agency said its investigation found that the "modus operandi used by these labs was that they used single mobile number or a false mobile number, single address or same specimen referral form (SRF) for multiple persons for showing the inflated numbers of coronavirus testing without actually doing the testing".

"Testing was claimed to be done in the name of the persons who never visited the Kumbh mela in Haridwar," it claimed.

Due to false negative testing by these labs, positivity rate of Haridwar at that time was shown at 0.18 per cent against the actual 5.3 per cent, the ED said.

One of the world's largest religious gatherings, the Kumbh was held in the state from April 1 to 30, and the notified area for the congregation covered various places in Haridwar, Dehradun, and Tehri districts.

(PTI inputs)

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Shaheen Bagh, CAA, Farmers’ Protest: Hip-Hop Is The Voice Of Dissent In India

Shaheen Bagh, CAA, Farmers’ Protest: Hip-Hop Is The Voice Of Dissent In India

Young, brash and little-known artistes are using hip-hop as an outlet to speak up and speak out.

World Disability Day: Visually Impaired Girls In Himachal Use Education To Dispel Darkness

World Disability Day: Visually Impaired Girls In Himachal Use Education To Dispel Darkness

Umang Foundation in Himachal Pradesh has helped many blind and visually impaired persons achieve their dreams by giving them access to higher education.

IND Vs GER, Junior Hockey WC: India 2-4 Germany - FT

IND Vs GER, Junior Hockey WC: India 2-4 Germany - FT

Bobby Singh Dhami and Uttam Singh scored the goals for India against Germany in Hockey Men's Junior World Cup 2021 semifinal.

Kashmir: Ghulam Nabi Azad Emerges As Key Player In J&K With Or Without Congress

Kashmir: Ghulam Nabi Azad Emerges As Key Player In J&K With Or Without Congress

Crowds at Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's recent rallies show that he will be a key player in elections in Jammu and Kashmir, when they happen.

Advertisement