The Law Enforcement Directorate on Thursday filed money laundering charges against journalist Rana Ayyub and also filed cheating complaints against her. Earlier in February, the investigative agency attached Rs 1.77 crore to journalist Rana Ayyub in connection with a money laundering case filed against her for allegedly embezzling funds raised on behalf of aid and charity via a website – ketto.com.

An ED official said Ayyub allegedly misused the funds and diverted them to another account for personal expenses.

It has been alleged that Ayyub, who writes for a global media house, misled people under the guise of Covid-19 and transferred the funds meant for charity to his personal account.

As per the complaint, Ayyub had opened a fixed deposit (FD) of Rs 50 Lakh, which was collected through a non-profit campaign and diverted to FD from the savings account via online banking .

The lawsuit against Ayyub was filed in August 2021 by a certain Vikas Sankrityayan, who alleged that she “misled the general public in the name of charity”. He filed a complaint with the Ghaziabad police.

Following his complaint, on September 7, 2021, an FIR was filed against Ayyub at Indirapuram Police Station. She was convicted under Sections 403, 406, 418, 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read together with Section 66D of the Information Technology Act.

It has been alleged that Ayyub raised money from the general public in the name of a Covid-related fundraiser and misused the money. Funding sources have also been scanned.

Meanwhile, Ayyub, an active critic of the government, has denied accusations of financial impropriety and called the ED investigation a “witch hunt” against her for standing up to the Indian government.

(This is a developing story)