Elvish Yadav Booked by ED in Money Laundering Case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against YouTuber Elvish Yadav in connection with a snake venom trafficking racket. Yadav was arrested by Noida Police in March and booked under various sections of the NDPS Act, Wildlife Protection Act, and IPC.

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Elvish Yadav Booked by ED in Money Laundering Case

Elvish Yadav Booked by ED in Money Laundering Case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against YouTuber and social media influencer Elvish Yadav in connection with a snake venom trafficking racket. Yadav, who recently won the reality show Bigg Boss OTT 2, was arrested by the Noida Police on March 17 and booked under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, Wildlife Protection Act, and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Why this matters: This case highlights the growing concern over the use of exotic animals and their parts in illegal activities, and the ED's investigation could lead to further revelations about the nexus between wildlife crime and financial crimes in India. The outcome of this case may also have implications for the entertainment industry and social media influencers, who may face increased scrutiny over their involvement in illegal activities.

The ED has taken cognizance of a First Information Report (FIR) and charge sheet filed by the Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) district police in Uttar Pradesh last month against Yadav and others linked to him. The alleged generation of proceeds of crime and use of illicit funds for organizing rave or recreational parties is under the scanner of the ED. Yadav and others linked to the case will be questioned as part of the investigation.

The case originated from a complaint filed by a representative of animal rights NGO People for Animals (PFA) on November 3 last year. Five snake charmers were arrested in November and were later let out on bail by a local court. Nine snakes, including five cobras, were rescued from their possession, while 20 ml of suspected snake venom was also seized. In April, the Noida Police filed an over 1,200-page charge sheet in the case, including charges of snake trafficking, use of psychotropic substances, and organizing rave parties.

Yadav, a popular YouTuber from Gurugram known for his music videos, has denied the allegations, calling them "baseless and false." He was sent to 14-day judicial custody following his arrest in March but was granted bail by a local court five days later. The police had initially charged Yadav under the NDPS Act but later dropped the charges, stating it was a "mistake" on their part.

The ED will now investigate Yadav's financial transactions and assets, including his expensive cars and properties. The agency will also interrogate the owners of hotels, resorts, and farmhouses who have business dealings with Yadav. The investigation is expected to uncover more details about the alleged money laundering racket and Yadav's involvement in it.

Elvish Yadav's case highlights the growing concern over the use of exotic animals and their parts in illegal activities. The ED's investigation into the money laundering aspect of the case is a significant development that could lead to further revelations about the nexus between wildlife crime and financial crimes in India.

Key Takeaways

  • ED registers money laundering case against YouTuber Elvish Yadav in snake venom trafficking racket.
  • Yadav was arrested by Noida Police on March 17 and booked under NDPS Act, Wildlife Protection Act, and IPC.
  • ED to investigate Yadav's financial transactions, assets, and business dealings.
  • Case highlights growing concern over exotic animal use in illegal activities and wildlife crime-financial crime nexus.
  • Outcome may have implications for entertainment industry and social media influencers involved in illegal activities.