New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate arrested Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal in money laundering probe linked to the alleged embezzlement of MGNREGA funds and other charges.

Earlier in the day, the ED called Singhal for further questioning in the ongoing probe in the Prevention of Money Laundering case.

Yesterday, the agency had questioned the female 2000-batch IAS office throughout the day.

The ED also scanned the transactions done in the last three years through Singhal’s accounts. The agency is also scanning all her properties.

Official sources said that four cars have been seized from her husband Abhishek Jha’s CA Suman Kumar. The source said that someone else had made the payments for the luxury cars, which is suspicious. Kumar was arrested by the agency on Saturday.

Cash of around Rs 19 crore was recovered during the raids by the ED. It is said that the cash belonged to Singhal and the ED will try to locate the source.

Singhal on Tuesday reached the Ranchi-based Zonal office of ED and joined the investigation. She was grilled for hours. Her Husband’s statement was recorded on Sunday.

Chartered Accountant Kumar, who works for the IAS officer and her husband, was placed under arrest on Saturday following several raids. Kumar was then sent to five days ED custody which is ending on Wednesday.

The ED had on Friday recovered Rs 19.31 crore cash and a few incriminating documents from the premises of Kumar.

Kumar came on the radar during the course of investigation. Kumar also handles accounts of Singhal’s husband.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had last week conducted raids at more than 18 places.

The raids were conducted at Ranchi, Chandigarh, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Mumbai, Kolkata, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa, and several parts of NCR, including Faridabad and Gurugram.

(With agency inputs)





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