The Enforcement Directorate has summoned actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his brother to appear before it at its Lucknow office in connection with an online fraud case.
Siddiqui’s brother Shams Nawab Siddiqui and their lawyer reached the ED Zonal office in Lucknow on Thursday, when they were investigated by the authorities for an hour, reported ANI.
Shams Nawab Siddiqui termed the allegations baseless and said that ‘all allegations on us are false.’ “We have shown all our papers and mails to the authorities,” he said.
He, however, said that Nawazuddin ‘could not make it today,’
Digging the money trail while investigating an e-commerce ponzi scheme, the Lucknow zone of the Enforcement Directorate discovered links between the directors of Webwork Trade Links Private limited and Siddiquis.
Probes revealed the company directors had paid close to Rs. 1.15 crore to the actor for an endorsement deal. ED called Siddiqui for an explanation from him over the monetarily transactions.
Following crackdown on Ablaze Info Solutions in Noida earlier this year by UP police, federal law enforcement agencies had started snooping down on online players which offered pay per click plans, reported Times of India.
Set up in September 2016, Anurag Garg and Sandesh Verma, the two directors of the firm raked in more than Rs 250 crore within four months through fraudulent schemes focused on generating money from investors.