Forgery will not be possible in the name of ED, investigation agency will issue summons with QR code
ED has prepared a robust system to prevent forgery through fake summons, under which summons will now be issued in digital form with QR codes. However, not all summons issued by the ED will be of this nature.
Recently, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) busted an interstate gang which used to prepare fake summons for high-profile people and businessmen. Through fake summons, this gang used to threaten innocent high-profile people and tried to extort money. To check all such forgery, ED has decided to introduce a QR code in a summons issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Foreign Exchange Management Act.
The person receiving the summons can check its authenticity by scanning the QR code. It has been told by ED that when the person receiving the summons scans the QR code, he will take the QR code to ED's website. There you have to enter the passcode written in the summon, after which you will be able to see that summon online on the ED website.
The gang which issued fake summons was busted by ED had issued fake summons to the director of Nippon Paints. In this summon, the gang directed the director to attend the proceedings under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the ED office. The director of Nippon Paints suspected a forgery, after which he told about it the Central Investigation Agency ED.
After getting information from the director of Nippon Paints, the ED officials talked to the gang that issued a fake summons and asked them to come to Delhi, after which they initially hesitated to come but later they agreed to come. The ED then arrested the gang members on their arrival in Delhi, who were travelling in a car with Government of India stickers. The arrested accused were identified as gang leaders Akhilesh Mishra, Harish Joshi and Devendra Dubey, all residents of Mumbai.