Pooja Singhal Money Laundering Case: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs 82.77 crore of jailed Jharkhand IAS officer Pooja Singhal under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. These assets include a super specialty hospital, a diagnostic center and two plots of land in Ranchi. The ED has issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
According to a PTI report, Pooja Singhal, a 2000 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on May 11 on charges of money laundering linked to alleged irregularities in the MGNREGA scheme. Apart from her premises, the agency also raided those of her businessman husband and a chartered accountant. After this he was suspended and he is currently in jail in judicial custody.
What has been found in the investigation so far?
The money laundering case against Singhal and others is based on an FIR (FIR) by the Jharkhand Police and the Vigilance Bureau. According to the ED “Investigation found that the proceeds of crime in the MGNREGA scam were deposited in various bank accounts of Pooja Singhal and her relatives… Pooja Singhal amassed assets disproportionate to her known source of income and these immovable properties The source of the money invested in was primarily related to the proceeds of crime.”
Singhal was the Deputy Commissioner of Khunti in 2009-2010. The Indian Express quoted ED sources as saying that there were several allegations of irregularities against him during 2007-2013. The ED told the court that the cash deposited in various financial years was more than the salary. The ED told the court, “Pooja Singhal and Abhishek Jha’s (bank) accounts have huge cash deposits of Rs 1.43 crore during this period.”
Soren has also been questioned in a money laundering case
The ED is also probing the role of the bureaucrat in another money laundering case of alleged illegal mining in the state. The agency has arrested a political aide of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and two others in the mining case and questioned Soren.
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