Jharkhand: Simultaneous raids at 20 locations across the country. A large amount of cash was seized during the raid
ED Raid Pooja Singhal 20 places; The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has taken major action in a money laundering case involving IAS officer Pooja Singhal. The ED carried out simultaneous raids at 20 locations across the country on Friday morning. A large amount of cash was seized during the raid.
Simultaneous raids in several places
In the money laundering case, various teams led by the co-director started conducting raids from 6 am onwards. The raids were carried out in New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Faridabad, Gurugram, Muzaffarpur, Ranchi and other cities.
Pooja Singhal’s second husband Abhishek’s Multi Super Specialty Hospital was raided at six places. Pooja’s first husband is a 1999 batch IAS officer from Jharkhand.
25 crore cash seized
The ED seized Rs 25 crore in cash from the Ranchi office of Pooja Singhal’s chartered accountant. The raids were carried out after an inquiry by junior engineer Ram Vinod Prasad Sinha. Sinha is currently in the custody of the Bribery Prevention Department.
It is alleged that Pooja Singhal had forced two NGOs, Welfare Point and Prerna Niketan, for a fund of Rs 6 crore. Apart from this, Pooja Singhal is accused of committing irregularities in MGNREGA while he was the Deputy Commissioner in Chatra, Palamu and Khunti districts.
BJP made serious allegations
BJP Lok Sabha member Nishikant Dubey from Godda has lauded the ED’s action against the IAS officer. Dubey has alleged that Pooja Singhal forced the Chief Minister’s brother and close relatives to distribute the mines.
Meanwhile, in Dhanbad, the ED raided the premises of nine outsourcing companies involved in the coal trade and illegal coal mining. Pooja Singhal is the Managing Director of Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation.