Famous fashion designers Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Ritu Kumar have been asked by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to appear before it to record their statements in connection with some cash payments made to them a few years ago by a politician in Punjab.
An ED source related to the probe told IANS, "A notice has been sent to the three fashion designers to appear before the ED."
The source said that the three designers were paid in cash by the politician for designing the dresses for a wedding ceremony a few years back.
"There was no record of the cash transaction in their IT returns. So they have been called to present their side," the source said. However, the source did not name the politician.
According to media reports, the top designers were summoned by the national agency in connection with its probe against Punjab MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
Malhotra, Mukherjee and Kumar are known for their designer collection in India as well as in other countries. Many corporates and Bollywood personalities wear dresses designed by them.