A special court in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, extended the custody of an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and two others on Thursday in a money laundering case linked to an alleged extortion of money from mining transporters.
The court also sent coal trader Suryakant Tiwari, one of the main suspects in the case, to judicial detention for a day when his law enforcement directorate’s (ED) custody expired. ).
All four will appear in court again on Friday, their lawyer said.
When Suryakant Tiwari’s ER custody and IAS agent Sameer Vishnoi’s and two other defendants, Sunil Agrawal and Laxmikant Tiwari’s pre-trial detention expired, they were brought before the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Ajay Singh Rajput, said Faizal Rizvi, attorney for Suryakant Tiwari and Laxmikant Tiwari.
Rizvi said he told the court that Karnataka Police filed an FIR (first information report) against Suryakant Tiwari (when he was in Bangalore) in July this year for allegedly trying to destroy important documents as well as electronic gadgets and preventing government officials from carrying out duties after the Income Tax Department carried out searches at its premises.
In the case filed by the Karnataka Police, Suryakant Tiwari was granted a stay by the Karnataka High Court. ED’s case is entirely based on the information shared by the IT department and when Karnataka HC suspended the IT case in Bengaluru, ED’s investigation should also be suspended, he said. he argued.
The ED asked for time to submit its response, following which the court ordered the four people arrested in custody for one day, it added.
Vishnoi, Agrawal and Laxmikant Tiwari were arrested by the ED on October 13 after the central agency launched raids on several towns in the state on October 11.
Suryakant Tiwari surrendered in court on October 29, after which ED was granted custody for 12 days for questioning.
The ED had, in a statement, claimed a ‘massive scam’ was taking place in coal transportation in Chhattisgarh, under which a cartel of politicians, officers and others allegedly ran a scheme illegal levy extortion parallel, which generates Rs 2 crore to Rs 3 crore per day.
The investigative agency alleged that Vishnoi and his wife were found in possession of unaccounted money to the tune of Rs 47 lakh and 4 kg of gold jewellery.
The money laundering investigation was opened after the ED became aware of a complaint from the income tax department.
The ED claimed that the kingpin of this scam is Suryakant Tiwari and his associates entered into a criminal conspiracy to run a parallel illegal coal levy extortion scheme and were making illegal and unaccounted money movements.
The AML agency said it seized Rs 4.5 crore unaccounted cash, gold jewellery, bullion and other valuables worth around Rs 2 crore rupees during raids.
According to the case details, Vishnoi, an IAS executive from Chhattisgarh from the 2009 batch, was working as the CEO of Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society.
Laxmikant Tiwari, a lawyer from Mahasamund district, is the uncle of coal businessman Suryakant Tiwari whose properties were also targeted in the searches. The investigative agency also carried out searches at the home of Laxmikant Tiwari in the city of Mahasamund.
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