Vishesh Krishi & Gram Udyog Yojana licenses fraudulently sold to RIL, ED launches probe

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has started investigating with money laundering case against a man named Kalpesh Daftary who defrauded India’s richest man and Reliance Industries (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani.

The ED has attached immovable assets worth Rs 4.87 crore belonging to Sankalp Creations Private Limited, a company owned by Kalpesh Daftari. The attached property includes a commercial complex located in Mumbai and four commercial properties located in Rajkot.


The investigation was initiated by ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) based on FIR filed by the CBI. The ED said that Kalpesh Daftari along with Niyaz Ahmed, Piyush Viramgama, Vijay Gadhiya and others scammed 13 licenses of the special agriculture and village industry scheme Vishesh Krishi and Gram Udyog Yojana (VKGUY). These licenses were challenged in the name of a company called Hindustan Continental Limited and sold to Ambani’s Reliance Industries.

During the investigation, it was also found that the 13 licenses were sold for Rs. 6.8 crore and transferred from one company to another company so that no one knows about this fraud. During the investigation, it was also found out that Kalpesh Daftary and others used this money.

According to news agency ANI, ED also released an official press release in this regard. In this, ED has said that the CBI had lodged an FIR. A case was registered under sections 13 (2) and 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 besides sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 477A of IPC fraud etc.