The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday raided a number of locations in Chhattisgarh, together with an IAS officer in a cash laundering case associated to the coal rip-off within the state.
Officers stated searches had been performed within the state capital Raipur, Korba, Durg and Ranchi in Jharkhand and Bengaluru.
Premises belonging to the IAS officer and his spouse had been additionally searched in Bhilai and Raipur.
The bureaucrat is a 2004-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who beforehand served as Secretary, Division of Mineral Assets.
The officer is the fourth Chhattisgarh bureaucrat to be raided by the ED within the final 4 months within the coal rip-off.
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On Friday, the ED raided a number of different businessmen and coal sellers in Raipur and Korba.
The IAS officer’s title appeared within the ED cost sheet filed on December 9, 2022.
In the meantime, talking to reporters on Friday in regards to the ongoing raids in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Bagel alleged that the company was destabilizing the federal government.
“The ED will keep right here until the following elections as a result of BJP has nothing in opposition to our authorities and they’re maligning our authorities with these raids,” Bagel stated.
However, BJP spokesperson and senior chief Ajay Chandrakar stated, “If nothing has occurred, why is Baghel blaming the ED repeatedly? It has to do its job as a result of the company is just doing its job.”
The ED’s chargesheet alleges unlawful foreclosures ₹25 per tonne for each tonne of coal transported within the state, a cartel comprising senior officers, businessmen, politicians and middlemen.