Money laundering to Terror financing: Enforcement Directorate attaches Rs 4 crore assets of NSCN-K leader's wife
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday said it attached assets worth over Rs 4 crore of the wife of a leader from the banned insurgent group NSCN(K) in a money laundering case linked to terror financing.
The attached assets, amounting to Rs 4.23 crore, are in the form of residential houses, a vehicle and bank accounts belonging to Shelly N Sumi, who is the wife of NSCN(K) leader Nikki Sumi, the central probe agency said in a statement.
The NSCN-K along with its formations and front organisations is a proscribed terrorist organisation involved in illegal activities threatening the unity, integrity and security of India, it said.
Assam Rifles troops intercepted Shelly N Sumi and her associates on April 7, 2017, near the Karong village in Nagaland while they were travelling in a bus from Dimapur to Imphal.
The agencies alleged that Shelly N Sumi was travelling to Myanmar to hand over about Rs 18.47 lakh cash to her husband.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the probe of the case after the interception and the ED later filed a criminal case of money laundering and terror financing against Shelly N Sumi and others.
The ED said its probe found that the “NSCN-K which is the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), a proscribed terrorist organisation, indulged in collecting funds from government employees, businessmen by extortion and illegal means, Sumi and her associates were involved in a criminal conspiracy to transfer funds to NSCN-K via the Indo-Myanmar border.”
“Sumi is a government employee working as a sectional assistant in the public works department of Nagaland and gets a monthly salary of about Rs 28,000 which is the only legal income of the family of seven (Sumi and her six children),” it said.
“The details of the properties owned by Sumi, her family members and associates were unearthed and it was found they amassed huge assets in the form of a palatial house at Dimapur in Nagaland that is valued at Rs 3.6 crore, a Scorpio vehicle, a house at Zunheboto and bank balances in the name of family members,” it said.
The properties created in the name of Shelly N Sumi and her children were “acquired without any reasonable source of income and from illegally extorted money by terror activities,”, the agency said.