ED files PMLA case against YouTuber Elvish Yadav over snake venom trade

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a case against famous YouTuber and Big Boss OTT-2 winner Elvish Yadav under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

| Updated: 04 May, 2024 5:20 pm IST

NEW DELHI – In a significant development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a case against famous YouTuber and Big Boss OTT-2 winner Elvish Yadav under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The case is linked to an FIR filed by the Noida Police concerning the purchase and sale of snake venom.
The investigation, which has commenced at the ED’s zonal office in Lucknow, is based on directives from the ED headquarters. Sources have indicated that Yadav will soon be summoned to join the investigation.
The case against Yadav was lodged last year at the Sector 49 police station in Noida. The complaint was filed by Gaurav Gupta, an official of BJP MP Maneka Gandhi’s organization, People for Animals, against Yadav and six others.
The ED is now preparing for a major crackdown in this case. Initial investigations have revealed that snake venom was being supplied to rave parties held at renowned hotels, clubs, resorts, and farmhouses. ED officials are now set to identify these operators and interrogate them. The ED obtained information about Yadav owning several luxury cars, which will be questioned during the interrogation.
The Noida Police previously arrested Yadav and were later released on bail by the Noida Court. The Noida Police also filed a chargesheet against Yadav. The charge sheet includes several videos of Yadav’s misconduct, asserting that as a public figure, Yadav had a moral responsibility towards society, which he failed to fulfil.
The 1200-page chargesheet filed by the Noida Police states that the recovery of snakes and 20 ML of venom, along with statements from the accused, led to Yadav’s arrest. The case continues to unfold as the ED intensifies its investigation.

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