IAS Officer Pooja Singhal Taken Into Custody For Money Laundering Case By ED 

IAS Officer Pooja Singhal Taken Into Custody For Money Laundering Case By ED 

On Wednesday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) detained Pooja Singhal, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official, indirect link to a money embezzling case. Before her arrest, she was interrogated for several hours. She will be detained by the ED for five days. Pooja Singhal is Jharkhand’s mines secretary.

Accusations and Case against Pooja Singhal

The issue concerns the suspected misappropriation of millions of rupees in MGNREGA payments in Jharkhand. The Enforcement Directorate’s inquiry into Pooja Singhal and others is related to a fraud case in which Ram Binod Prasad Sinha, a former junior engineer in the Jharkhand government, was taken into custody by the agency on June 17, 2020, from West Bengal after being questioned under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 in 2012.

Between April 1, 2008, and March 21, 2011, Ram Binod Prasad Sinha was suspected of cheating the government and depositing it in his own name and the names of his family relations. The guilty admitted to the ED that “he transferred a 5% commission (from the fraudulent cash) to the local administration.”

What were the funds for?

According to the authority, the funds would be used to carry out government initiatives via MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) in the Khunti area.

The ED claimed that between 2007 and 2013, Pooja Singhal was the deputy commissioner/district magistrate of Chatra, Khunti, and Palamu and was charged with “inconsistencies.”

CA Suman Kumar was detained in the investigation on May 7 after more than Rs 17 crore in cash was discovered on his property. He is being held in ED custody until May 11. The ED is looking into his claimed connections with the IAS officer and her husband.

Money transferring done by the IAS officer

The government claims Singhal and her husband gained “large” financial transfers in their accounts, totaling Rs 1.43 crore and her income. According to the ED, the IAS official reportedly moved Rs 16.57 lakh from her “personal account” to those managed or owned by her CA Kumar.

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