6 May 2024

ED Raids Uncover Massive Cash Stash Linked to Jharkhand Minister's Aide

In a sweeping operation on Monday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids in various locations across Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, unearthing an astonishing Rs 25 crore in unaccounted cash. 

These raids, carried out under the ambit of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), targeted multiple sites associated with Virendra Ram, a former chief engineer at the Jharkhand Rural Development Department, and his close associates.

Virendra Ram had been apprehended by the ED back in February 2023 in connection with a money laundering case.

Footage shows room strewn with currency notes belonging to domestic aide of PS of minister

Video footage from the operation depicted a room strewn with currency notes, purportedly belonging to the domestic aide of Sanjiv Lal, the personal secretary to Jharkhand Rural Development minister Alamgir Alam.

"This influx of cash during elections signals a nefarious intention to influence electoral outcomes. The Election Commission must address this matter promptly," remarked Pratul Shahdev, spokesperson for the Jharkhand BJP, highlighting ongoing concerns about corruption in the region.

Simultaneously, the probe agency conducted raids at nine locations, including Sail City in Ranchi. One ED team focused its efforts on locating Vikas Kumar, an engineer from the Road Construction Department, within Sail City, while another team combed through the Bariatu, Morhabadi, and Bodia areas.

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