GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - Liquor baron Rajesh Jalan, who has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case, has been remanded to the custody of the investigation agency for four days by the court.
The Guwahati Zonal office of ED arrested Jalan yesterday evening under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED had sought five days� custody of Jalan, who was represented by advocate Bijon Mahajan in the court.
Jalan has allegedly amassed property disproportionate to his known sources of income in various parts of the country.
Jalan was earlier arrested by the CID in connection with the scam, but was later granted bail. The CID had also named him in its chargesheet along with some excise department officials.
�Jalan is also not cooperating in the investigation and giving evasive replies to the queries. Under the circumstances, his arrest and custodial interrogation is required,� sources opined.
ED sources informed that the investigation conducted so far has established that Jalan was the mastermind behind the scam and was running the business of M/s BG Bonded Warehouse in an unauthorised manner.
Jalan was interrogated at the agency office on Rajgarh Road extensively and was arrested late yesterday evening.
Bonti Gogoi Pegu, another prime accused and licensee of BG Bonded Warehouse, Lokhra, had illegally sublet the licence issued to her by the excise department and allowed Jalan to carry out the business activity of the bonded warehouse.
Investigators said that Jalan, out on bail in the CID case, is influencing and intimidating the witnesses who have been summoned for questioning under PMLA.