ED freezes E-nuggets Mobile Gaming App’s Rs. 44.21 crore bank balance

ED has freezed balance lying in 1548 bank accounts aggregating Rs 42.21 crore in a PMLA case relating to Mobile Gaming App “E-nuggets”.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has carried out search operations on a total of 1548 bank accounts that are linked to the cyber crimes committed by the mobile gaming app “E-nuggets.” Consequently, in accordance with the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA), the ED froze the proceeds of crime, which totaled 42.21 crore rupees and were found to be lying in these bank accounts. This action was taken in relation to an investigation that was being carried out against the aforementioned Gaming App. This particular seizure is included in the total amount of Rs 110.76 Cr that has been seized or frozen by the ED in connection with this case so far.

ED freezes E-nuggets Mobile Gaming App's Rs. 44.21 crore bank balance

ED had registered this PMLA case based on the FIR registered by Park Street Police Station, Kolkata, against “Aamir Khan and others,” based on a complaint filed by the authorities of the Federal Bank in the court of Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata.

During the course of the investigation, the ED discovered that “Aamir Khan, Son of Nesar Ahmed Khan” had launched a mobile gaming application called “E-Nuggets,” which was created with the intention of defrauding the general public. In addition, after amassing a sizeable sum of money from members of the general public, the withdrawal functionality of the aforementioned app was abruptly disabled under one pretext or another. After that, all of the data, including profile information, was removed from the servers hosting the aforementioned app. It was also discovered that several different bank accounts were used in order to conceal the origin of the money for laundering purposes. Additionally, the proceeds were used to purchase cryptographic currencies.

At the moment, ‘Aamir Khan’ is in the custody of the judiciary. Earlier on, the ED had also detained a person by the name of “Romen Agarwal,” who was actively involved in both inter- and intra-country transactions. The case currently has one Prosecution Complaint, of which the Honorable PMLA Special Court has taken cognizance.

Further investigation in the matter is being conducted by the ED.

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