The Enforcement Directorate on 1st September said in a statement that it has attached Indian assets of a Sri Lankan man Gunasekaran alias Perama Kumar and his son, Dileep alias Thileep as part of a drugs-linked money laundering investigation against them.
A provisional order for attachment of a bungalow on East Coast Road (ECR) in Tamil Nadu and two agricultural lands in Tiruvannamalai district has been issued under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The value of these properties is Rs 33.7 lakh.
It said, Gunasekaran was actively linked to LTTE and “charged with attacking” former Sri Lankan president and Prime Minister Chandrika Kumaratunga. On December 18, 1999, Kumaratunga sustained serious injuries when a woman suicide bomber attacked her convoy during an election rally in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo”. The LTTE was blamed for the attack, in which 34 people were killed and scores injured.
The agency said Gunasekaran and some others were convicted in a drugs trafficking case by a special court in Tamil Nadu in 2011 but after they finished their prison term, they “changed their identity and generated proceeds of crime.
The ED filed a money laundering case on the basis of a first information report in 2020 by the Q branch CID, Kancheepuram against them and others. Q branch found that the accused had created and used fake identity cards such as PAN, Aadhar and driving license over a period and stayed illegally in India. He was also booked under Foreigners Act, Passport Act, and NDPS and under provisions of the IPC. The accused Gunasekaran, A Suresh Raj and Mohammed Sherif and Raja Medura Gedara alias Gamini were involved in buying and selling of narcotic drugs and were convicted in 2011.