ED orders to attach assets of former Azhikode MLA KM Shaji's wife Asha

KM Shaji.
KM Shaji.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has ordered to attach assets of Asha Shaji, wife of former Azhikode MLA KM Shaji under the anti-money laundering law and regulations.

An order has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to provisionally attach the immovable property of Asha Shaji located at Vengeri village, Kakkodi in the Kozhikode district.

In April 2020, a vigilance court ordered a probe on allegations that Shaji amassed assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.

In 2016, K M Shaji accepted a bribe of Rs 25 lakh from a teacher, on behalf of the management of a higher secondary school at Azhikode, where the teacher was later appointed in a permanent post, the ED has stated.

Shaji had taken the bribe, it was alleged, promising to grant plus-two courses to the institution.

The ED has stated in its press release that a house was constructed in the name of Asha Shaji in 2016 using the bribe that he received. The ED has said that a further probe was required in the matter.

Two years ago, a social worker MR Hareesh had alleged that the Indian Union Muslim League leader misused his official powers to amass wealth.

It was alleged that the former MLA has properties in Wayanad, Kannur and Kozhikode districts.

The Enforcement Directorate had registered a case and raided his residence at Chirakkal in Kannur.

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