Jharkhand Enforcement Directorate Files Chargesheet Illegal Mining Case

ED Files Chargesheet In Illegal Mining Case: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday said that it has arrested Pankaj Mishra, Bacchu Yadav, a close aide of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, in a money laundering case related to illegal mining and extortion in Jharkhand and Bihar. And have filed a charge sheet against Prem Prakash before the special Ranchi court. The court has taken cognizance of the matter. The ED said that during the investigation, search operations were conducted at 47 locations across India on several dates, including Rs 5.34 crore in cash, Rs 13.32 crore in bank money, one boat, 5 stone crushers, 2 trucks, 2 AK 47 assault rifles. Along with incriminating documents were seized. Earlier, the ED had arrested Pankaj Mishra, Bacchu Yadav and Prem Prakash. He is currently in judicial custody.

ED had started investigation
The agency had started investigation in the money laundering case against Mishra and others on the basis of an FIR registered at Barharwa police station under various sections of the IPC. Later, several FIRs in respect of illegal mining registered under IPC, Explosive Substances Act, Arms Act were also included in the purview of the crime. So far, the ED has identified PoCs related to illegal mining of more than Rs 1000 crore in this case.

Pankaj Mishra is an important character
The PMLA probe has revealed that Pankaj Mishra, who had political clout as the chief minister’s representative, controlled illegal mining businesses as well as inland boat services in Sahibganj and its surrounding areas through his associates. Assets worth about Rs 42 crore have been identified by Pankaj Mishra ‘acquired’ from illegal activities.

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