Chikoti Praveen to appear before Enforcement Directorate

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Following the issue of recent summon notices to Chikoti Praveen, the infamous casino organizer is set to appear in front of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Monday for further questioning regarding alleged tax violations under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

ED is currently investigating several individuals for the purchase of expensive luxury cars through possible tax evasion. Some of these individuals include Praveen, Naseer, and Mohsin, who were spotted in expensive vehicles costing 3 crores and up.

All three of them were sent summoned notices after an Economic Case Information Report (ECIR) was filed against all individuals under the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act.

Furthermore, the ED might also be planning to question Praveen regarding his recent detention by Thailand police for taking part in an underground casino. Along with Praveen, 82 other Indian nationals were also detained, along with six others from Thailand and eight from Myanmar.

The officials were already posted in the airport after Praveen was deported back to India after a local court fined him and all other detained individuals Rs 10,000 each and granted them bail, but his arrival was delayed by a day which led to ED sending these people a summon notice.

Praveen recently spoke to the media, trying to clear himself of any involvement in the casino bust in Thailand, saying, “I went to Thailand as a player. I am not the organizer. Thai nationals Sitranan Kaewlor and Dev arranged the trip and provided a permission letter claiming to have a licence for poker play.”

The Benami Prohibition Unit of the Income Tax Department has also previously handed Praveen a showcause notice regarding his expensive Range Rover. Apparently, the Rs 2.8 crore vehicle was registered under someone else’s name, with Praveen as “beneficial owner.”