ED Makes Third Arrest In Bengal Coal Mining Cash Laundering Case

The ED has made a contemporary arrest in reference to its cash laundering investigation linked to an alleged coal mining rip-off of West Bengal, the federal company mentioned Friday.

Gurupada Maji was taken into custody by the Enforcement Directorate on Thursday in Delhi and later produced earlier than a particular Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA) courtroom. The courtroom despatched him to 7 days of ED custody, the company mentioned in a press release. The ED mentioned the accused is a companion of a main accused or “kingpin” within the case– Anup Majee.

That is the third arrest on this case by the ED. Vikas Mishra, brother of TMC youth wing chief Vinay Mishra, and former inspector in-charge of the Bankura police station Ashok Kumar Mishra had been earlier arrested. Abhishek Banerjee, TMC MP and nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been questioned on this case by the ED at the same time as his spouse Rujira was summoned.

Maji “acquired greater than Rs 66 crore from the proceeds of crime generated by means of unlawful coal mining enterprise from Anup Majee alias Lala and his associates”, the ED mentioned. “He had offered about Rs 26 crore in money to a Kolkata-based CA for arranging shell firms for the aim of taking lodging entries,” the company mentioned.

On this course of, Maji “acquired” 13 shell or paper firms with the assistance of the mentioned chartered accountant. “The web price 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 carry the massive illegally generated money in monetary system,” it mentioned.

This ED case of cash laundering stems from a November, 2020 FIR registered by the CBI that alleged a multi-crore-rupee coal pilferage rip-off associated to Japanese Coalfields Restricted mines in West Bengal’s Kunustoria and Kajora areas in and round Asansol. A cost sheet was filed by the ED within the case throughout Could final 12 months. The company has mentioned that the entire proceeds of crime within the case stands at Rs 1,352 crore and it has hooked up property of Rs 180 crore until now.

-With PTI Enter

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