The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday said it has attached Indian assets of a Sri Lankan man and his son as part of a drugs-linked money laundering investigation against them.
IMAGE: Sri Lanka’s then President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga stands at the mausoleum of the former Bangladesh president Ziaur Rahman before the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Dhaka, November 12, 2005. Photograph: Rafiqur Rahman/Reuters
The action has been taken against Gunasekaran alias Perama Kumar and his son, Dileep alias Thileep, the federal agency said in a statement.
Gunasekaran, according to the ED, was “charged with attacking” former Sri Lankan president and prime minister Chandrika Kumaratunga.
On December 18, 1999, Kumaratunga sustained serious injuries when a woman suicide bomber attacked her convoy during an election rally in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was blamed for the attack, in which 34 people were killed and scores injured.
A provisional order for attachment of a bungalow on East Coast Road (ECR) in Tamil Nadu and two agricultural lands in Tiruvannamalai district has been issued under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The value of these properties is Rs 33.7 lakh.
The agency said Gunasekaran, his alleged associates A Suresh Raj, Mohamed Sherif and Raja Medura Gedara alias Gamini were “involved” in buying and selling of drugs and they were convicted in a drugs smuggling case by a special court in Tamil Nadu in 2011 but after they served their prison term, they “changed their identity and generated proceeds of crime”.
It said the father-son duo “used fake identity cards such as PAN, Aadhaar and driving licence over a period and stayed illegally in India.”
The ED alleged the attached properties were purchased after 2011 and the accused were not able to explain the source of funds.
“The investigation further revealed that certain individuals were actively linked to the LTTE. Certain persons have been accused of murder and buying and selling of drugs, and other illegal activities in Sri Lanka too,” it said.