NEW DELHI/RANCHI :
THE ED on Saturday arrested a chartered accountant under the anti-money laundering law in a case linked to alleged embezzlement of MGNREGA funds in Jharkhand’s Khunti district as part of which State Mining Secretary and IAS officer Pooja Singhal and others were raided, officials said. Suman Kumar was taken into custody under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) around 5 pm in Ranchi. Officials alleged that the CA was “evasive in his replies” with regard to the alleged recovery of cash to the tune of Rs 17.79 crore from his premises in Ranchi on Friday.
He would be produced before a local court where the Enforcement Directorate would seek his further custody, they said. The ED has alleged that Kumar has links with IAS officer Pooja Singhal and her family and was a financial advisor to them. The federal agency seized a total of Rs 19.31 crore in cash during the raids that were launched on May 6 at multiple premises in Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal.