ED nabs two Chinese in money laundering operation


New Delhi: Two Chinese nationals were nabbed by the Enforcement Directorates for running hawala operations for their home companies.

Reports said the Chinese nationals were quizzed on January 15 and later arrested for their role in money laundering. The two accused were produced in the court and remanded to 14 days custody.

The IT department said Charlie Peng and other Chinese nationals opened 40 bank accounts in the name of Chinese shell companies and laundered over Rs 1000 crore. Interrogation of Peng had revealed that Chinese intelligence agencies through him tried to bribe Tibetans living in exile in Delhi.

Their target were lamas and monks who live in Majnu ka Tila in north Delhi. Peng never directly paid money but used his office staff to send bribe money. Locals in Majnu ka Tila who have been bribed are still to be identified. Peng, however, claimed that his office staff paid money in packets which usually contained Rs 2 to 3 lakhs.

Chinese intelligence agencies asked Peng to keep an eye on Tibetan refugees and establish contacts with the Dalai Lama core team. Peng was first arrested in 2018 by the special cell of the Delhi Police. The police had then seized two fake Aadhar card and a forged Indian passport from him.

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