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Prem Prakash, CM Soren’s close ‘aide’ arrested by CBI in Jharkhand illegal mining case

Raids are being conducted continuously in Jharkhand by ED. During this, AK47 has been recovered from the premises of Prem Prakash, aide of Chief Minister Hemant Soren. Prem Prakash, a close aide of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, has been arrested in illegal mining and money laundering case in MNREGA scam.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Ranchi: In the breaking development in the case, Prem Prakash, a close aide of Jharkhand Chief Minister CM Hemant Soren, has been arrested in illegal mining and money laundering case in MNREGA scam. ED has arrested Prem Prakash from Ranchi last night. Two AK-47 rifles and 60 live cartridges were recovered in raids on the premises associated with Prem Prakash yesterday in Ranchi. ED is probing money laundering in connection with alleged illegal mining in Jharkhand. Yesterday, the Enforcement Directorate team had simultaneously raided about 17-20 premises in Jharkhand, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and NCR.

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Sources said that the raids were conducted after fresh information came to light after questioning of Pankaj Mishra, a political aide of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, and Bahubali Bacchu Yadav, a close aide of Mishra. Both Mishra and Yadav were arrested by the ED in this case sometime back.

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey said in a tweet that Prakash is “an aide of Jharkhand Chief Minister and his family friend Amit Agarwal” and their (Prakash) links should be probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Saryu Roy, a former BJP leader and currently an Independent MLA from the state, wrote on his Twitter handle that there should be an inquiry into how Prem Prakash got the AK-47 rifles and there is a possibility that it may have some terrorist link.

The ED probe began after the agency raided the premises of Mishra and his alleged associates, including 19 places in Jharkhand’s Sahibganj, Barhait, Rajmahal, Mirza Chowki and Barharwa, on July 8 in connection with alleged cases of illegal mining and extortion. were involved. The ED had launched the raids in March after registering a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Mishra and others, alleging that Mishra had “illegally seized or got huge property in his name”.

Soon after the July raids, the ED had seized Rs 13.32 crore lying in 50 bank accounts. The agency said, “The evidence collected during the investigation includes statements of various persons, digital evidence and documents. This has revealed that the seized cash or bank balance was obtained from illegal mining being carried out on a large scale in Sahibganj area including forest area. From which way did 100 crore rupees come from “Crime earned” and where did it go?

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