ED chargesheets journalist Rana Ayyub in money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Thursday filed a charge sheet against award winning journalist Rana Ayyub in connection with its money laundering probe into alleged irregularities in funds collected by her for relief work.

The chargesheet is on the basis of an FIR lodged by a Hindutva associate Vikas Sankrityayan at the Indirapuram Police Station, Ghaziabad, UP.

It mentioned that she illegally acquired funds from general public in the name of charity by launching fund-raiser campaigns on an online crowd funding platform.

In February, the agency had claimed that it has attached bank deposits to the tune of Rs 1.77 crore belonging to Ayyub in connection with the case. She had also been prevented from flying abroad in March based on a lookout circular issued by ED.

Months ago, Rana Ayyub in a statement had refuted allegations that she had diverted funds she had raised to help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic for personal use.

“It is abundantly clear that no part of the relief campaign fund remains unaccounted for, and there is absolutely no scope for any remote allegation of misuse of the funds for personal expenses,” read a statement by Rana Ayyub.

In the statement, the vocal critic of the ruling BJP said she is “confident that the allegations levelled against me will not withstand any fair and honest scrutiny.”