Journalist Rana Ayyub. | Photo credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate said on Thursday that it tied Rs 1.77 crore to journalist Rana Ayyub in connection with a money laundering case filed against her for allegedly embezzling funds raised in the name of aid and charity through a website – ketto.com.

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

ED sources said she tricked donors in a pre-planned way.

She had opened a fixed deposit (FD) of Rs 50 Lakh, the money was collected through a campaign and diverted to FD from the savings account through online banking.

Earlier, on August 28, 2021, a certain Vikas Sankrityayan, filed a complaint with Ghaziabad Police against Ayyub alleging that “she deceived the general public in the name of charity”.

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.

The funds were collected from the savings accounts of Rana Aayyub, her sister and her father. Later, based on this FIR, the ED initiated a money laundering investigation.

Now the ED has attached Rs 1.77 crore from Rana Ayyub, alleging the money was part of the proceeds of crime.