Bengaluru: The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has conducted searches and seizure action at three premises in Bengaluru in the case of Raveendaran Byju and his company ‘Think & Learn Private Limited’ under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
Of the three premises, ED said two are Business and one residential. The company runs a popular online education portal under the name of Byju’s.
During the search and seizure action, various incriminating documents and digital data were seized. According to the ED, searches also revealed that the company has received foreign direct investment to the tune of ₹28,000 crore (approximately) during the period from 2011 to 2023.
Further, ED said the company has also remitted ₹9,754 crore (approximately) to various foreign jurisdictions during the same period in the name of overseas direct investment.
“The company has booked around ₹944 crore in the name of Advertisement and Marketing expenses, including the amount remitted to foreign jurisdiction. The company has not prepared its financial statements since the financial year 2020-21 and has not got the accounts, audited which is mandatory. Hence, the genuineness of the figures provided by the company are being cross-examined from the banks,” the ED said.
The investigation against the education platform was initiated on the basis of various complaints received from various private persons.
During the investigation conducted by the ED, several summonses were issued to the founder and CEO Raveendaran Byju. But he always remained evasive and never appeared during the investigation.
Further investigation is under progress, ED said.
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