MGNREGA funds fraud: ED raids multiple locations in Jharkhand; recovers over Rs 18 crore | India News

New Delhi/Ranchi: The ED carried out raids at multiple premises, together with that of Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal and her household, in reference to a cash laundering probe linked to the alleged embezzlement of over Rs 18 crore MGNREGA funds in Khunti district of the state throughout 2008-11.

About Rs 17 crore money has been recovered from the premises of a Ranchi-based Chartered Accountant, officers stated, including that banknote counters have been introduced in by the company to determine the precise quantity.

Around Rs 1.8 crore money has additionally been recovered from one other location in town, they stated. The searches are being carried out below provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at about 18 premises in Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Delhi, Punjab, and some different states, they stated.

Officials stated the premises of Singhal, an IAS officer and secretary of the division of mines and geology of the Jharkhand authorities, in the state capital, Ranchi, are additionally being lined as a part of the motion.

Singhal is a 2000 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and was posted because the deputy commissioner in the Khunti district earlier.

A couple of different locations in Ranchi, together with a hospital, have been additionally being raided by ED officers who have been supplied with a safety escort by the personnel of the central paramilitary drive CRPF.

BJP MP from Jharkhand’s Godda Nishikant Dubey alleged that the raids present that the state authorities led by Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has “left the sooner Madhu Koda authorities behind in terms of corruption.” Koda was arrested by the ED in a cash laundering case in 2009.

The raids pertain to a money-laundering case in which former junior engineer in Jharkhand authorities, Ram Binod Prasad Sinha, was arrested on June 17, 2020 from the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after he was booked by it below the PMLA.

The federal company took cognisance of 16 FIRs and cost sheets filed by the Jharkhand vigilance bureau towards Sinha that alleged the accused abused his official place and indulged in embezzlement of Rs 18.06 crore of presidency funds by means of forgery and misappropriation.

Sinha was booked by the vigilance bureau below prison sections of the IPC pertaining to dishonest and corruption for allegedly defrauding public cash and investing it in his personal title in addition to in the title of his relations whereas working as junior engineer from April 1, 2008 to March 21, 2011.

The stated cash was earmarked for execution of presidency tasks below MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) scheme in Khunti district, the company had earlier stated.

The ED additionally filed a cost sheet towards Sinha in December, 2018 and a particular court docket in Ranchi subsequently issued summons to him for look earlier than it which he didn’t honour, the company had stated earlier.

The court docket then issued a non-bailable warrant towards Sinha on the premise of which a manhunt was launched towards him by the ED and he was arrested from his hideout in West Bengal. A supplementary cost sheet was later filed towards him by the company in August, 2020 after his questioning.

“Accused Ram Binod Prasad Sinha used to commonly switch authorities mission funds to his private accounts in addition to in the account of his relations and thus generated illegitimate revenue out of his prison misconduct whereas working as a public servant.”

“It was discovered that movable and immovable properties have been acquired by the accused (Sinha) in his title in addition to in the title of his relations,” the ED had then stated. His property value Rs 4.28 crore have been additionally connected by the ED. 


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