The Enforcement Directorate filed a charge sheet against the Pearls Group and its chief Nirmal Singh Bhangoo in connection with a ponzi scam involving over Rs 45 trillion, which was collected allegedly by two companies from 550 million investors.
Apart from Bhangoo, who is in judicial custody, his three colleagues and other persons have also been named in the ED chargesheet filed in a special court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED, which started the probe after lodging an FIR in 2015 based on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) case, had in January attached Australia-based assets of the Pearls Group and Bhangoo worth Rs 4.72 bn.
The CBI had arrested Bhangoo and his three colleagues in 2016 following allegations that they collected funds from investors in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and other states through ponzi schemes, in the name of real estate projects.
Bhangoo, his companies PACL and PGFL, as well as his lakhs of commission agents were accused of cheating 550 million investors on the pretext of sale and development of agriculture land.