Chhattisgarh coal scam: CM’s Deputy Secretary, IAS officer, and others are under the lens
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday said a special PMLA court in Raipur has taken cognizance of two prosecution complaints filed by them in connection with a case pertaining to illegal levy on the movement of coal and iron pellets in Chhattisgarh.
The ED has attached assets worth more than Rs.220 crore in this case. The Special Court (PMLA) Raipur has taken cognizance of ED’s prosecution complaints.
Chhattisgarh CM’s Deputy Secretary Saumya Chaurasia, IAS officer Sameer Vishnoi and others are under the lens in the matter. The ED earlier arrested Vishnoi and Chaurasia in the matter.
The ED said that their investigation has established that proceeds of crime worth Rs.540 crore were acquired in this extortion racket and was utilized for political expenditure, creation of benami assets, and bribing officials.
The ED said that they were conducting a money laundering investigation against coal businessman Suryakant Tiwari and Chaurasia who were extorting illegal levy on the movement of coal, iron pellets, etc, in Chhattisgarh.
The ED has conducted multiple searches and has arrested nine accused as of now. All the accused are in judicial custody. The ED has also filed two prosecution complaints in the matter before a special court in Raipur against Suryakant Tiwari, Saumya Chaurasia, Sameer Vishnoi, and others.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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