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Chhattisgarh: ED Raids Congress Treasurer, IAS Officers' Premises In Money Laundering Case

Nishtha Anushree

Jul 21, 2023, 03:15 PM | Updated 03:15 PM IST

Enforcement Directorate (Representative Image)
Enforcement Directorate (Representative Image)

According to official sources, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) carried out searches against certain IAS officers and a Congress politician in Chhattisgarh as part of an ongoing money laundering investigation.

The properties associated with Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Ranu Sahu, along with some other bureaucrats, and Chhattisgarh Congress leader and PCC treasurer Ramgopal Agarwal were subject to raids.

Visuals displayed central paramilitary personnel stationed outside the residences of IAS officer Sahu, Agarwal in Raipur, and Korba Municipal Corporation Commissioner Prabhakar Pandey in Korba.

The ED initiated this action following the registration of a fresh case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Although the precise nature of the case prompting the raids has not been disclosed, sources suggest it could be connected to an alleged rice scam.

Previously, the agency had been investigating an alleged coal levy and liquor scam in the state, leading to the arrest of notable bureaucrats, including IAS officers, as well as politicians and individuals associated with them.

On 18 July, the Supreme Court directed the agency to halt its actions in relation to the alleged Rs 2,000 crore liquor scam linked to money laundering in Chhattisgarh.

Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.

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