CBI raids CM Ashok Gehlot’s brother in the farmer’s fertiliser case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the home of Rajasthan Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot’s brother, Agrasen Gehlot, in Jodhpur. The case involves a fertiliser fraud. During the UPA government in 2007-09, Agrasen Gehlot is accused of exporting subsidised fertilisers.

According to sources, the CBI team arrived at Gehlot’s brother Agrasen’s residence on Friday morning, June 17, 2022, when he was at home. Five policemen from Delhi and five from Jodhpur make up the CBI squad. The ED is also looking into the situation. Agrasen’s company was also hit with a penalty of roughly Rs 5.46 crore by the customs agency. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided Ashok Gehlot’s brother’s home in the fertiliser scam in 2020. Raids were carried out in six locations across Rajasthan during this time. This includes the city of Jodhpur. Two locations in West Bengal, four in Gujarat, and one in Delhi were also raided.

Anupam Krishi, Agrasen Gehlot’s company, was involved in the shipment of Muriate of Potash (MOP) fertilisers even after it was banned, according to ED officials. Let us recall that the Indian Potash Limited (IPL) imports MOP and subsidises its sale to farmers. Ipl’s authorised dealer was Agrasen Gehlot. His company purchased MOP at subsidised rates between 2007 and 2009, but instead of selling it to farmers, it sold it to other corporations at greater prices, making unlawful money. Under the guise of Industrial Salt, these businesses supplied MOP to Malaysia and Singapore. On this scam, Prakash Javadekar stated that while the Congress claims to be concerned about the interests of farmers, its leaders throw away the farmers’ subsidies. He stated unequivocally that it was a subsidy theft. In this case, he had also highlighted the possibility of money laundering.