Coal Levy Scam: ED Conducts Fresh Raids at Mineral Dept

KORBA: Taking fresh steps in the coal levy scam teams of the anti-money laundering agency have been conducting a survey in the mining branch of the collectorate office in Korba.

The raids come in connection to the coal scam in which the ED has alleged that an amount of at least Rs 540 crore has been extorted in the last 2 years. ED has analysed thousands of hand written diary entries. Officials claim that ED has not merely relied on the diary entries, but has done detailed investigation including bank account analysis, analysis of seized WhatsApp chats, recording of the statements to corroborate the diary entries.

IAS officer Sameer Vishnoi, Sunil Agarwal, Laxmikant Tiwari and another IAS officer Saumya Chaurasia have been arrested in this case.

The latest arrests were done in January in which a close confidant of Saumya Chaurasia and two mining officers, and an alleged conman who impersonated as an ED officer were nabbed. The arrests were sought on the fresh raids the ED had conducted on Jan13th. The anti money laundering agency arrested the four under the anti-money laundering law and a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Raipur.

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