The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday conducted raids at several locations in the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand in connection with a money laundering probe into the use of forged documents for the sale of defense land.
The agency searched several locations in Kolkata, including those linked to arrested businessman Amit Agarwal, and around eight locations in and around Ranchi in Jharkhand.
Employees working under Agarwal are also being questioned, the ED official said. “At Agarwal’s office in Nonapukur in south Kolkata, two close associates of the businessman were interrogated for over an hour whether he had any other property in West Bengal apart from the places we raided,” he said.
Several real estate dealers, private individuals and connected entities were searched by the ED teams, officials said.
The agency claims that in Jharkhand Rs. A significant portion of the proceeds of crime from the 1000 crore mining scam was laundered through some of Agarwal’s companies.
Agarwal was arrested by the ED last month for conspiring to “implicate” lawyer Rajeev Kumar, who represented the petitioner against Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren.