ED arrests Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale in money laundering case

Saket Gokhale

The Enforcement Directorate has arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) spokesperson Saket Gokhale in a money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in a crowdfunding initiative, official sources said Wednesday.

Saket Gokhale taken into custody under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Ahmedabad where he lodged in judicial custody in a Gujarat Police case.

Saket Gokhale is an Indian activist and current spokesperson of Trinamool Congress (TMC). He joined TMC in 2021. He had worked as a correspondent at the Financial Times, and at the Hindustan Times. In December 2022, he was arrested over a Tweet for posting alleged misinformation about 2022 Morbi bridge collapse.

He will produced by the federal agency before a local court there seeking his remand, they said.

The Gujarat Police arrested Gokhale from Delhi on December 29 in its case of alleged misuse of money he had collected through crowd-funding.

Earlier in December, the Gujarat Police arrested him twice for allegedly spreading fake news regarding the cost incurred on PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Morbi town following a bridge collapse tragedy. 

This comes after two previous arrests – on December 6 and December 8 – and subsequent bails that the TMC leader went through with the Gujarat Police for allegedly spreading ‘fake news’ on Twitter.

On December 1, Saket Gokhale shared a news clipping about information purportedly obtained through RTI which claimed PM Modi’s visit to Morbi cost ₹30 crore.

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