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Enforcement Directorate (ED) detains three additional Vivo officials in money laundering investigation

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has further extended its money laundering investigation into Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo, leading to three new arrests, according to official sources on Saturday.

The trio has been apprehended under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), but their identities have not been immediately disclosed.

Before these recent arrests, the federal agency had already detained four individuals in connection with the case. Among them are Hari Om Rai, the Managing Director of the mobile company Lava International, Chinese national Guangwen (also known as Andrew Kuang), and chartered accountants Nitin Garg and Rajan Malik. These individuals, currently in judicial custody, have been summoned by Special Judge Kiran Gupta for February 19.







ED arrests 3 Executives of Vivo India in Money Laundering Case
ED arrests 3 Executives of Vivo India in Money Laundering Case

Earlier this week, a Delhi court officially recognized the charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate against Chinese smartphone maker Vivo-India and other implicated parties in a money laundering inquiry.

According to the ED, the actions attributed to these four individuals led to wrongful gains for Vivo-India, impacting the economic sovereignty of the nation.

Last July, the anti-money laundering agency conducted raids on Vivo-India and its affiliates, uncovering a significant money laundering network involving Chinese nationals and several Indian companies.

At that time, the ED alleged that an enormous sum of Rs 62,476 crore was “illegally” transferred by Vivo-India to China, allegedly to evade taxes in India.

In response, the company firmly refuted these accusations, emphasizing its commitment to ethical principles and compliance with the law.

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