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Saket Gokhale used the amount received from the donation for personal expenses: ED

Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale in ED Custody: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday claimed that Trinamool Congress (TMC) spokesperson Saket Gokhale deposited Rs 1.07 crore through donations. Much of the money was allegedly spent on winning the election, on food and drink, and on personal expenses. It also includes cash amount of over Rs 23 lakh received from a close aide of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

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The personal use of the money told in the inquiry

ED told the court that Gokhale had allegedly run a website in the name of an organization ‘‘ourdemocracy.in’’ Created a fake electronic document in the name of ‘‘GiantTreeTech Pvt Ltd’’ Collected small amounts from the complainant and other persons through a private company named The ED told the court that the amount was used for personal expenses.

The donation was received from a close aide of Rahul Gandhi

The agency informed the court that when Gokhale was asked about Rs 23.54 lakh deposited in his bank account over a period of one year, Gokhale in his statement to the ED said, ‘‘ This amount was given in cash by Alankar Sawai of Congress for social media related work and other consultancy.’’ Former banker Sawai is said to be a close aide of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi and heads his research team.

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