The Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of Uttarakhand Police will investigate the banking scam to the tune of Rs 200 crore. The firm that is involved in the money laundering case is owned by the wife of a close aide of former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.
Rawat had to quit the top post in March last year just nine days before the fourth anniversary of his tenure following a “collective decision” by the party.
The opposition parties led by the Congress have alleged that Dehradun-based Social Mutual Benefit Company Limited, owned by the wife of Rawat’s former advisor K S Panwar, allegedly opened bank accounts in the names of thousands of people in a fraudulent manner from 2017 to 2020 in an attempt to converted black money into white.
It was alleged that Panwar had quit as the director of the company after becoming the chief minister’s advisor and made his wife the new director. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) V Murugesan on November 2 said the investigation of the case has been handed over to the Economic Offenses Wing and further action will be taken based on its report.
According to him, the inquiry was ordered on the complaint of Independent MLA from Khanpur, Haridwar Umesh Kumar.
The allegations had first surfaced two years ago when state Congress president Karan Mahara and former party MLA Qazi Nizamuddin had raised the issue in the 2020 Winter Session of the Vidhan Sabha.
Demanding that the matter should now be probed properly, Mahara said the Congress will keep a close watch on the actions of the BJP government in the state.