ED attaches assets in Chhattisgarh liquor scam case Rs.121.87 cr property of IAS Anil Tuteja, Dhebar and others
In a major crackdown on the Rs.2,000 crore Chhattisgarh liquor scam case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached 119 immovable properties worth Rs.121.87 crores. The total seizure and attachment in the case stand at Rs.180 crore.
The ED has alleged that a criminal syndicate was operating in Chhattisgarh, which was involved in illegal bribe collections by exerting control over government departments.
The ED has further alleged that this syndicate comprised high-level state government officials, private individuals, and political executives of the state government.
The ED said that the attached properties include 14 assets worth Rs.8.83 crore of IAS Anil Tuteja; 69 properties worth Rs.98.78 crore of Anwar Dhebar; three properties worth Rs.1.54 crore of Vikas Agarwal, 32 properties worth Rs.11.35 crore of Arvind Singh and one property worth Rs.1.35 crore of Arunpati Tripathi.
Besides, IAS Anil Tuteja, who is said to be close to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, was termed as the mastermind behind the Rs.2,000 crore liquor scam.
An official said that the attached properties of Dhebar include Hotel Vennington Court, Raipur, being run under the aegis of his firm, Dhebar Buildcon.
The ED has said that Dhebar, the brother of the Mayor of Raipur, Ajaz Dhebar, was the “kingpin” in the liquor scam.
The ED recently conducted more than 50 search operations at various locations in Raipur, Bhilai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai and has been successful in seizing assets worth Rs.58 crore including cash, fixed deposits, shares, and jewelry.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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Anything meaningful come out of these activities? Have not seen anyone made to return the loot and face jail time. Culprits are fined <10% of the loot and let go.