Ranchi: The Indian Investigation Agency (ED) on Wednesday arrested Mining Secretary Pooja Singhal in an alleged money laundering case. So today on Thursday, the Jharkhand government suspended her from the post of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) due to allegations.
According to official sources, Jharkhand Govt has suspended mining secretary Pooja Singhal after her arrest in the money laundering case.
Jharkhand govt suspended State Mining Secretary Pooja Singhal in connection with an alleged money laundering case
— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2022
An IAS officer of the 2000 batch was being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with alleged embezzlement of MGNREGA funds in the state.
Singhal was earlier arrested by ED. Before that, Singhal was summoned for questioning. Notably, she was questioned for around nine hours on Monday also.
Following the arrest of Singhal, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said, “All possible legal actions will be taken by the state government on this issue.”
This is the second arrest in this case as Chartered Accountant Suman Kumar is already arrested by ED on May 7.
ED recovered Rs 17.51 crore from the premises of Kumar and Rs 1.8 crore from pulse Hospital. Singhal was arrested after ED got credible evidence of her connection with CA Suman Kumar.
Earlier this month, ED conducted raids at Pulse Hospital, Ranchi. The hospital is owned by Abhishek Jha, husband of Pooja Singhal, Secretary, Mines and Geology, in Jharkhand.
Senior advocate of Jharkhand High Court, Rajeev Kumar, submitted a complaint against her to the ED in February 2022. Earlier on Sunday, the ED interrogated Abhishek Jha, husband of Pooja Singhal, IAS, in connection with searches at Pulse Hospital.
Pooja Singhal is the secretary of the Department of Mines and Geology and the Managing Director of Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Limited (JSMDC).