The ED is investigating a case involving financial misappropriation of MNREGA funds. On Saturday searches led to recovery of Rs 19.31 crores. A senior IAS official Pooja Singhal’s residence was also searched. The ED is questioning Singhal in Ranchi.
A day after carrying out searches at 18 locations in three states including Jharkhand and Bihar, the Enforcement Directorate has arrested a chartered accountant Suman Kumar in a money laundering probe linked to financial embezzlement of MNREGA funds.
Sources said Suman Kumar has been arrested in the PMLA case and will be produced before a special court in Ranchi. The ED will seek his custodial remand.
In searches carried out on Friday, the ED had seized Rs. 19.31 crores. Of the Rs. 19.31 crores, Rs. 17 crores were recovered from Kumar’s premises.
It has been alleged that Kumar was handling accounts of a senior bureaucrat and her husband.
The ED questioned the IAS official and Jharkhand government’s mining and geology secretary Pooja Singhal. She is a 2010 batch IAS official of Jharkhand cadre. The ED had searched her official residence.