Jharkhand IAS officer arrested in Rs 1 8 cr MGNREGA scam | India News

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Jharkhand mines and industries secretary Pooja Singhal on Wednesday night after questioning the 2000-batch IAS officer for greater than 20 hours following allegations that Rs 18 crore of MGNREGA funds had been embezzled between 2006 and 2010 in Khunti district when she was deputy commissioner.
That is the primary arrest of a serving IAS officer within the state. The arrest assumes significance because the departments she headed are on Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren’s watch and he himself is caught in an office-of-profit storm following an Election Fee discover associated to a mining lease allotted to him in July final yr.
The ED registered a case in 2012 linked to the alleged embezzlement after the position of IAS officer Pooja Singhal got here underneath the scanner when one of many key accused, junior engineer Ram Govind Sinha, revealed throughout questioning that he had bribed the DC’s workplace with cuts from the pilfered funds. The alleged embezzlement came about between 2006 and 2010 in Khunti district when Singhal was deputy commissioner.
The ED arrested Pooja Singhal on Wednesday underneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act in alleged embezzlement of Rs 18 crore of MGNREGA funds and a particular court docket remanded her within the company’s custody for 5 days, starting Thursday. After her arrest, CM Soren stated the state authorities would take acceptable motion towards the bureaucrat.
Responding to criticism from the opposition BJP, Soren stated former CM Raghubar Das ought to reply why his authorities cleared Singhal within the MGNREGA rip-off. “BJP’s 20 years of rule in Jharkhand ought to be probed as a result of they inspired the bureaucrat for all of the wrongdoings, gave her a clear chit,” Soren stated.
BJP state president Deepak Prakash requested the CM to droop the IAS officer. “We anticipated the CM, who was calling the ED motion ‘geedar bhabhki’ (false menace), ought to now droop the corrupt, as an alternative of defending her,” Prakash stated.

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