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Chhattisgarh IAS officer Sameer Vishnoi among 3 arrested in money laundering case, 4 crores in cash found

In the breaking development in the case, 4 crores cash and jewelry worth crores found at IAS officer;s house. Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday arrested Chhattisgarh cadre IAS officer Sameer Vishnoi and two other people after it launched multi-city raids in the state early this week as part of a money laundering investigation, officials said.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

Raipur: The ED has arrested IAS Sameer Vishnoi, Sunil Agarwal of Indramani Group and Laxmikant Tiwari, uncle of absconding Suryakant Tiwari. The same Raigad Collector Ranu Sahu (IAS) is yet to appear before the ED officer.

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In fact, ED has so far received four crore cash in Chhattisgarh during the raid. Along with this, jewelery and important documents have been found. ED’s action was also going on at Raigad Collector’s residence. It has been sealed after the raid. Along with this, raids are also going on at the houses of some senior officers. The ED had also raided the house of Sameer Vishnoi. It is being said that the ED has found a huge amount of gold from his house. Where did this gold come from, the ED team is gathering information about it.

A large team of ED together with the security cordon of CRPF raided 40 locations spread over several districts of Chhattisgarh in the early hours of Tuesday. These included the official residence of Raigad Collector Ranu Sahu.

Apart from this, the Director of Minerals Department IAS JP Maurya, Chief Executive Officer of Chips Samir Vishnoi, former MLA Agni Chandrakar, including all traders and chartered accountants associated with coal and transport business were raided. When Ranu Sahu was not found in Raigad, the agency had sealed his official residence.

It is being told, the agency had completed the raids till Wednesday. In the afternoon, IAS Sameer Vishnoi, his wife and other businessmen were taken into custody by the ED for questioning. Later, except Vishnoi’s wife, the rest are ready to be arrested and presented in the court. It is being told that the ED will also interrogate Raigad Collector Ranu Sahu. In his presence, the seal of his official residence will also be opened and searched. However, till now ED has not said anything officially.

Three days ago i.e. on Tuesday, ED raids were conducted in Raigarh, Raipur, Bilaspur, Korba and Mahasamund districts of Chhattisgarh. Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials had reached late night in these major cities and raids were conducted at different locations at 5:00 am.

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Former Chief Minister of the state and BJP leader Raman Singh on Wednesday alleged that Mr Baghel is an ‘ATM of Sonia Gandhi’ and that an ‘illegal levy’ of ₹ 25 per tonne is being collected for coal transportation in Chhattisgarh. Mr Baghel has sought an apology from Mr Singh for the remarks.

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