Elvish Yadav Summoned By ED For Questioning Over Money Laundering In Snake Venom Case: Reports

The Enforcement Directorate has summoned YouTuber Siddharth Yadav, aka Elvish Yadav, on July 23 for questioning in a money laundering case involving suspected snake venom use at parties he hosted

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Elvish Yadav Summoned By ED For Questioning Over Money Laundering In Snake Venom Case: Reports
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned YouTuber Siddharth Yadav, popularly known as Elvish Yadav, for questioning on July 23 in connection with a money laundering investigation. The case is linked to the alleged use of snake venom as a recreational drug at parties hosted by Yadav. The central agency registered the case in May, invoking the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after reviewing an FIR and charge sheet filed by police in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) district. ALSO READ: Elvish Yadav Snake Venom Case: Bigg Boss OTT 2 Winner In Trouble After ED Takes Over Investigation From Noida Police - REPORTS 

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Elvish Yadav was initially scheduled to appear before the ED at its Lucknow office this week. However, he requested a postponement due to his foreign travel and professional commitments. Consequently, he has been rescheduled to meet with the investigating officer on July 23. Rahul Yadav, also known as Rahul Fazilpuriya, a singer from Haryana allegedly associated with Elvish Yadav, was questioned by the ED earlier this week and may be summoned again. ALSO READ: Elvish Yadav Admits He Arranged Snake Venom At His Rave Parties, After Denying Allegations; Bigg Boss OTT 2 Winner Makes Revelations- REPORTS 

The ED's investigation focuses on the alleged generation of illicit funds and their use in organising rave or recreational parties. Elvish Yadav was arrested on March 17 by Noida police in connection with the suspected use of snake venom as a recreational drug at parties he allegedly hosted. The 26-year-old YouTuber, who also won the reality show Bigg Boss OTT 2, faces charges under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, Wildlife Protection Act, and Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The FIR, filed on November 3 last year at Noida's Sector 49 police station, names Elvish Yadav and five other individuals, primarily snake charmers. The complaint was lodged by a representative from the NGO People for Animals (PFA). The five snake charmers were arrested in November, granted bail by a local court, and found with nine snakes, including five cobras, and 20 ml of suspected snake venom. Although Yadav was not present at the scene, his involvement is under investigation.




In April, Noida police filed an extensive 1,200-page charge sheet detailing the accusations of snake trafficking, use of psychotropic substances, and organising rave parties. This charge sheet forms a crucial part of the ongoing investigation by the ED. Elvish Yadav's high-profile status and participation in a popular reality show have intensified public interest in the case. The ED aims to uncover the extent of the alleged money laundering activities, focusing on how illicit funds were generated and used in these alleged criminal activities. The involvement of other high-profile individuals, such as Rahul Fazilpuriya, further complicates the case, suggesting a potentially wider network of illegal activities.

As the investigation progresses, the ED's findings will be critical in determining the full scope of the alleged crimes and the consequences for those involved. The legal proceedings will likely attract significant media attention, given the high-profile nature of the individuals involved and the serious nature of the allegations.

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