RANCHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday seized cash to the tune of Rs 19.31 crore during its searches at over 18 locations, including those related to Jharkhand’s mining department secretary Pooja Singhal, with a case related to corruption and misappropriation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) funds.
The cash was seized from the premises of a chartered accountant.
An ED official related to the probe told The New Indian, “Cash to the tune of Rs 19.31 crore has been seized from the premises of a CA in Jharkhand in connection with the corruption worth Rs 18 crore in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA) case.”
The official said that the CA is said to be associated with IAS officer Singhal, whose premises are also being searched by the financial prone agency sleuths. The official said that the agency is bringing the cash counting machine to count the seizure.
The agency sleuths started searching the premises of some companies and individuals on Friday morning in Ranchi. Besides Jharkhand, the ED team also carried out searches in Bihar, West Bengal and Mumbai. The searches are being carried out under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The searches at the premises of Singhal came after her name cropped up during the financial agency’s probe against Ram Binod Prasad Sinha, the then section officer and junior engineer of Kunti, who was arrested after 15 cases were registered against him by the state’s Vigilance Bureau.
The ED had earlier filed a chargesheet in the case against Sinha for misappropriation of funds
Singhal is a 2000 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and was posted as the deputy commissioner in the Khunti district earlier.
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