- Saumya chaurasia was arrested on Dec 2
- She will be produced on special court for ED remand extension
Raipur: A special court session has been arranged for money laundering accused Saumya Chaurasia in the state. Enforcement Directorate officials are going to demand an extension of the remand period of Saumya Chaurasia, Deputy Secretary of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat in the court on Tuesday. She was arrested on December 2 in regard to the case. On that day, ED had asked for 14 days remand, but the court granted only 4 days remand and ordered Chaurasia to be produced on December 6 along with all the accused in the money laundering case.
On October 11, the Enforcement Directorate raided the locations of several officers and businessmen of the state. After preliminary investigation and questioning, on October 13, the then CEO of Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society-CHIPS, Sameer Vishnoi, coal baron Sunil Agarwal and lawyer and businessman Laxmikant Tiwari were arrested in this case. Meanwhile, ED’s interrogation of other officers and businessmen continued.
ED arrested Soumya Chaurasia on December 2 after several days of questioning. She has been accused of using black money for buying and selling illegal property. Officers say that some new facts have come to the fore in the inquiry. The statements of all the accused are being cross-checked to corroborate them. Soon there may be some new arrests in this case.
The ED officials are in a hurry to prepare the chargesheet in this case based on the investigation and interrogation done so far. They are trying to present this charge sheet in court by December 10, if possible. If this does not happen then the time limit for filing the charge sheet within 60 days will lapse. In such a situation, the road for the bail of the three accused arrested on October 13 will be opened. Meanwhile, on October 19, an order was issued to temporarily appoint Ritesh Agarwal as the Chief Executive Officer of the Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society-CHIPS.