ED seizes property worth Rs 443 crore in Jharkhand, Rs 69045 crore in the country

Ranchi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has seized property worth Rs 69045 crore made from illegal earnings in the country in the last four years under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

In Jharkhand, in the last one and a half year, ED has seized property worth Rs 443 crore.

Actually, ED is investigating five big cases in Jharkhand like MNREGA scam, illegal mining scam, land scam, tender commission scam and liquor scam.

In order to investigate these cases, ED raided a total of 183 places in Jharkhand and outside it in a year.

Also, ED arrested a total of 29 people including two senior IAS officers and engineers and sent them to jail.

On June 12, ED had temporarily seized property worth Rs 74.39 crore in the land scam case in Ranchi.

These include 4.55 acres of land occupied by the army and 7.16 acres of land in Bajra Mauza of Hehal area.

Apart from this, ED attached assets worth Rs 161.64 crore on September 1.

Which includes plots located at Cheshire Home Road, Pugru and Sirmtoli.

On May 11, ED had permanently seized assets worth Rs 82.77 crore of suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal and her husband Abhishek Jha.

In the tender commission scam case, on April 19, ED had seized movable and immovable properties worth Rs 39.28 crore belonging to suspended Chief Engineer of Rural Works Department Virendra Ram and his family members.

ED had taken this action under money laundering charges against Virendra Ram, who had made movable and immovable property worth crores of rupees by misusing his position.

The seized properties include farm houses, flats, duplex bungalows, land and about Rs 36 lakh lying in bank accounts located in Delhi, Jamshedpur and Ranchi.

On July 24, 2022, a cargo vehicle worth Rs 30 crore was taken into administrative custody in the case of illegal transportation in the Ganga river of Sahibganj.

Which was seized by ED on 27 July 2022.

In the MNREGA scam case, ED had recovered Rs 19.41 crore by raiding the premises of Pooja Singhal and people associated with her.

While investigating this case, ED had recovered more than Rs 3 crore in cash from Izhar Ansari’s premises in Hazaribagh.

In the illegal mining case, ED had raided and seized Rs 5.32 crore in cash.

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