Money laundering case filed against YouTuber Elvish Yadav and others by ED
Money laundering case filed against YouTuber Elvish Yadav and others by ED

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has launched a money laundering investigation against YouTuber Siddharth Yadav, known as Elvish Yadav, and others. They are suspected of using snake venom as a recreational drug at parties hosted by Yadav. This move comes after the Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) district police in Uttar Pradesh filed a First Information Report (FIR) and a charge sheet last month.

The ED is looking into the alleged generation of illegal funds and their use in organizing recreational events, including parties. Yadav and others involved in the case will be questioned during the investigation.

Yadav was previously arrested by the Noida Police on March 17 in connection to the suspected use of snake venom at parties he allegedly organized. The 26-year-old, also known for winning the reality show Bigg Boss OTT 2, faced charges under various laws including the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, Wildlife Protection Act, and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

An FIR was filed against Yadav and five others last November after a complaint from the animal rights NGO People for Animals (PFA). While the five snake charmers were arrested and later released on bail, Yadav wasn't present during the arrest. The police seized nine snakes, including five cobras, and around 20 ml of suspected snake venom from the charmers.

In April, the Noida Police submitted a charge sheet of over 1,200 pages in the case, detailing charges such as snake trafficking, drug use, and organizing rave parties.

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