The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday arrested one Gurupada Maji in reference to its cash laundering case investigation linked to an alleged coal mining rip-off in West Bengal, acknowledged the ED on Friday.
He was produced earlier than the Rouse Avenue Court docket in Delhi and has been granted seven days of ED custody.
In response to ED, Gurupada Maji is without doubt one of the companions of Anup Majee, the kingpin of unlawful coal mining enterprise actions in West Bengal. He has additionally acquired greater than Rs 66 crore from the Proceed of Crime (PoC) generated by unlawful coal mining enterprise from Anup Majee alias Lala and his associates, acknowledged the ED launch.
Additional, he had offered Rs 26 Crore (Approx.) in money to a Kolkata primarily based CA for arranging shell firms for the aim of taking lodging entries.
On this course of, Gurupada Maji had acquired 13 shell firms with the assistance of the mentioned Kolkata primarily based CA. The web value of those 13 shell firms is greater than Rs 28 crore however he acquired these firms after paying solely Rs 88 Lakh on paper to respective shareholders, thereby managing to convey the large illegally generated money into the monetary system.
That is the third arrest on this case. Earlier two accused individuals specifically Shri Vikas Mishra and Shri Ashok Kumar Mishra (Inspector-in-Cost of West Bengal Police) have been arrested on March 16, 2021 and April 3, 2021 respectively. On this matter one Prosecution Grievance has additionally been filed on Might 13, 2021 in opposition to Vikas Mishra and Ashok Kumar Mishra and the Court docket was happy to take the cognizance of the mentioned Prosecution Grievance on July 28, 2021.
Abhishek Banerjee, TMC MP and nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been questioned on this case by the ED whilst his spouse Rujira was additionally summoned.
This case was initiated by ED on the idea of an FIR dated November 27, 2020 of CBI in opposition to Amit Kumar Dhar, the then GM, Kunustoria Space, ECL (Japanese Coalfield Ltd), Jayesh Chandra Rai, Common Supervisor, ECL, Kajora Space, Tanmay Das, Chief of Safety, ECL, Asansol, Dhananjay Rai, Space Safety Inspector, Kunustoris, ECL, Debashish Mukherjee, Safety In-charge, Kajora Space, ECL, Anup Majee alias Lala and unknown officers of ECL, CISF, Railway, different division and unknown non-public individuals.
The ED mentioned that the whole proceeds of crime within the case stand at Rs 1,352 crore and it has connected belongings of Rs 180 crore until now.
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