Jharkhand IAS officer Pooja Singhal arrested by ED in money laundering case


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Jharkhand IAS officer Pooja Singhal arrested by ED in money laundering case

IAS officer and Jharkhand Mines Secretary Pooja Singhal was arrested by the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) on Wednesday after his second day of questioning in the ongoing investigation into the money laundering prevention case concerning the alleged embezzlement of MNREGA funds.

On Wednesday, Singhal joined the probe again after being grilled for 9 hours on Tuesday. Emergency, after gathering enough evidence against her, placed her under arrest.

ED sources said they would scan his transactions for the last three years, to check for suspicious money trail, if any. The agency also scans the details of all its properties.

A source said a total of four cars from CA Suman Kumar of her husband Abhishek Jha, who was arrested on Saturday, were seized as sources said someone else made the payments for the cars luxury, which is suspicious.

Cash amounting to around Rs 19 crore which was recovered from the raids by the ED. They say it was Singhal’s money. The ED will try to find out where this money comes from.

Apart from the CA, her husband was taken into custody on Saturday. Suman Kumar was then sent to five days of emergency custody which ends on Wednesday. He had appeared on radar during the investigation. He also manages the accounts of Singhal’s husband.

The Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate had carried out raids in over 18 locations as of Friday morning including Ranchi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa and several parts of NCR including Faridabad and Gurugram as well as Noida.

They had to use bank officers and a currency counting machine to estimate the amount of money seized.

Also Read: ED Raids Venues in Jharkhand MGNREGA Funds PMLA Fraud Case

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