SC grants month long interim bail to suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal

Ranchi: The Supreme Court had granted a month-long interim bail to Jharkhand cadre IAS Pooja Singhal in Mnrega scam in which the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had arrested her in May last year and had chargesheeted as well. The SC granted her bail for the treatment of her daughter. Till the interim bail period the court has directed Pooja Singhal not to stay and visit Jharkhand. She can stay in Delhi Mumbai region for the purpose of treatment of her daughter.

The SC has also directed the ED to file its reply in three-week time on the bail petition filed by Pooja Singhal. Earlier the Ranchi PMLA court and then Jharkhand High Court had rejected her bail petition. The Jharkhand High Court in its order had stated that owing to the enormity of the crime bail can’t be granted to her.

The ED had submitted before the high court that she had even tried to get a fake medical report to get bail. The ED has charged her for committing a scam worth Rs18.06 Crore in the execution of the Mnrega project in Khunti district where she was the DC during the period 16th February 2009 to 19th July 2010. She was the principal authority for sanctioning funds for different development projects. 

The ED claimed that she invested the proceeds of crime in the construction of Pulse Super Speciality Hospital owned by her husband. Pooja Singhal was arrested after the ED raided her premises as well as her chartered accountant Suman Kumar Singh and recovered Rs 19.76 Crores (approx) from premises of Suman Kumar Singh

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