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October 1, 2022

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Jharkhand: Scope of ED’s investigation in money laundering case, investigation continues on the role of many more officers

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CA Suman Kumar, associated with Pooja Singhal, was detained under PMLA at around 5 pm in Ranchi. Officials alleged that the CAs were evasive in answering questions regarding the recovery of cash allegedly worth Rs 17.79 crore from their premises in Ranchi after the agency conducted raids in the case.

IAS officer Pooja Singhal’s troubles are about to increase in the case related to the alleged misappropriation of MGNREGA funds in Jharkhand’s Khunti district. It has been claimed that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has got many such documents, which can expose the corruption of some more officers. On Saturday itself, under the Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the agency arrested a chartered accountant linked to Pooja Singhal.

Officials said that raids were conducted on the premises of state’s mining secretary and IAS officer Pooja Singhal and others in this case. According to the reports, more than 20 shell companies have also been detected in the investigation so far. Through which the money coming in various ways was being spent. Now all these companies are being intensively investigated.

CA has been arrested
Earlier, CA Suman Kumar, associated with Pooja Singhal, was detained under PMLA at around 5 pm in Ranchi. Officials alleged that the CAs were evasive in answering questions regarding the recovery of cash allegedly worth Rs 17.79 crore from their premises in Ranchi after the agency conducted raids in the case. He said the CA would be produced before a local court where the Enforcement Directorate would seek his custody. The ED alleges that Kumar has links with IAS officer Pooja Singhal and her family and is also their financial advisor.

The central agency had seized cash worth Rs 19.31 crore on May 6 during raids conducted at several places in Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. He had also recorded Singhal’s initial statement during the raid.

What is the whole matter?
IAS Pooja Singhal is the mining secretary in the Jharkhand government, whose premises have been raided by the ED. The agency had recovered Rs 19.31 crore in cash from Singhal’s chartered accountant. The money laundering case in which the raids were conducted is related to the case registered under PMLA by the Enforcement Directorate against Jharkhand Junior Engineer Ram Binod Prasad Sinha. The central agency had taken cognizance of 16 FIRs and chargesheets registered against Sinha by the Jharkhand Vigilance Bureau. In these, Sinha was accused of misusing his official position, forgery and misappropriation of government money of Rs 18.6 crore through misappropriation of funds.

Sinha was charged in 2017 under criminal sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to cheating and corruption while being a Junior Engineer from 1 April 2008 to 21 March 2011 for allegedly manipulating public money and carrying it under his name- A case was registered with him for making investments in the name of his family members.

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