The Enforcement Directorate on Friday mentioned it has seized Rs 11.88 crore money saved in financial institution accounts of Pankaj Mishra, the political consultant of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, and others as a part of a cash laundering investigation into alleged unlawful mining within the state.
The motion comes after the federal company raided at the least 19 areas in Sahibganj, Barhet, Rajmahal, Mirza Chauki and Barharwa of the state on July 8.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had then seized “incriminating” paperwork and Rs 5.34 crore “unaccounted” money.
“Money amounting to Rs 11.88 crore mendacity in 37 financial institution accounts belonging to Pankaj Mishra, Dahoo Yadav and their associates has been seized underneath the Prevention of Cash laundering Act within the unlawful mining case,” the company mentioned in an announcement.
5 stone crushers that have been being illegally operated and an equal variety of “unlawful firearm cartridges” have additionally been seized, it mentioned.
“The evidences collected throughout the course of investigation together with statements of varied individuals, digital evidences and paperwork revealed that the seized money/financial institution stability is derived from unlawful mining being rampantly performed in Sahibganj space together with the forest space,” the ED mentioned.
It mentioned a path of Rs 100 crore of proceeds of crime generated from alleged unlawful mining has additionally been “unearthed” after these raids.
The federal company in Could raided IAS officer Pooja Singhal, her businessman husband and others as a part of a cash laundering investigation towards them.
The 2000-batch officer, who was holding the cost of Jharkhand mining secretary, was suspended by the state authorities following her arrest by the ED.
Suman Kumar, a chartered accountant (CA) linked to her and her husband, was additionally arrested by the company and a complete money of Rs 19.76 crore was seized by it then.
A cost sheet was filed towards her and others by the company earlier than a particular PMLA court docket in Ranchi this month.
“Evidences collected throughout the course of investigation (towards Singhal and others), together with these collected throughout the searches and statements of varied individuals, revealed that the foremost chunk of the seized money was derived from unlawful mining and it belonged to senior bureaucrats and politicians,” the ED mentioned.
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