After Pooja Singhal, now Soren’s close aide Pankaj Mishra comes under ED’s radar
On Friday the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at multiple locations in Jharkhand that were linked to Pankaj Mishra. The raids are being carried out in connection with a tender scam at 18 locations, including Sahibganj, Berhait, and Rajmahal in connection with the scam.
Pankaj Mishra is known to be a close aide of Chief Minister Hemant Soren and also an MLA representative for the Sahibganj Constituency.
According to sources, the fresh case originates from a June 2020 complaint made by a toll tax contractor with the Badharwa police station in Sahibganj. The complaint referred to a clash and alleged assault on directions of Mishra and a minister in the Soren government.
“The ED case is based on an FIR registered by Jharkhand police against Mishra. Investigations are on,” an ED official said. Sources added that this was a separate case and the raids were not in connection with the money laundering case that the ED had registered against state Mining Secretary Pooja Singhal.
Earlier, the ED had conducted raids at 18 locations in Jharkhand and elsewhere that were linked to Pooja Singhal in a money laundering case involving the diversion of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) funds in the state. The agency subsequently arrested her.
On May 2, the Election Commission of India (ECI) sent a notice to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren over “office of profit” allegations against him regarding a mining lease. He has been accused of having awarded himself last year while holding charge of the state mining and environment department.
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