DSI waiting on response from Anant

DSI waiting on response from Anant

Anant Asavabhokin
Anant Asavabhokin

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said tycoon Anant Asavabhokin has not yet given a response as to whether he will answer a summons dated June 7 related to money laundering.

The charge brought against Mr Anant, who serves as chairman of Land & Houses Plc, is connected to the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC) embezzlement case.

The DSI on Thursday issued a public statement summonsing him to appear before investigators on June 7.

DSI deputy director-general Korawat Panprapakorn said yesterday investigators have received no confirmation from Mr Anant as to whether he would report to them to acknowledge the charge. If he fails to appear, the officers would need to hear his reasons before making further moves, he said.

After the summons was issued, Mr Anant said he was puzzled by the decision, claiming he had never been questioned by the officers about the case before.

The DSI said former KCUC chairman Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, who is at the centre of the embezzlement scandal, was found to have used 275 million baht drawn from the KCUC's coffers to buy shares in M-Home SPV 2 Co as well as 46 rai of land the company owned close to Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Pathum Thani's Klong Luang district.

The company's administration later came under the KCUC's supervision with Supachai's associates sitting on the firm's board.

On Dec 23, 2011, Mr Anant made a contract to buy the land for 2 million baht per rai, or 39.78 million baht in total, the DSI said.

Mr Anant later sold the land for 492 million baht to Pradit Phataraprasit, the former deputy finance minister and the chairman of Thai Agro Exchange Co, which runs Talaad Thai, a wholesale food market in Pathum Thani.

Of the sum, 303 million baht was found to have been donated to the Chan Khonnokyoong Foundation, overseen by founder Phra Dhammajayo, the former abbot at Wat Dhammakaya.

Pol Lt Col Korawat said officers are considering whether to summon Mr Pradit for questioning. Mr Pradit denied any involvement in money laundering.

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