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ED’s big action in coal scam case, TMC leader Vinay Mishra’s property worth 9 crores seized

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Taking a big action, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs 9 crore of Trinamool Congress leader Vinal Mishra. ED officials said that this action has been taken under the Illegal Coal Mining and Anti-Money Laundering Act in West Bengal.

ED officials said on Tuesday that assets worth Rs 9.28 crore of TMC leader Vinay Mishra, his brother Vikas and main accused Anoop Manjhi have been attached. The probe agency had issued two orders under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for attachment of properties.

The ED said in a statement that the first attachment includes seven plots and two flats of Vinay Mishra and Vikas Mishra in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata in West Bengal, valued at around Rs 48.57 lakh. In the second attachment, Anup Manjhi and his family members have attached 20 pieces of land and a flat worth Rs 8.8 crore in West Bengal and Mumbai.

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The ED had registered a case under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after a CBI probe into the multi-crore coal theft scam related to the mines of Eastern Coal Fields Limited in Kunustoria and Kajora areas of West Bengal.

Local government worker Anoop Manjhi alias Lala is the prime suspect in this case. The ED had claimed that the family of TMC national general secretary and Diamond Harbor MP Abhishek Banerjee was the beneficiary of the illegal trade. Abhishek Banerjee is the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and was questioned by the ED in September.

At the same time, ED has already arrested Vikas Mishra in this case. He is the brother of TMC youth wing leader Vinay Mishra. In the case, the ED had also arrested Inspector Ashok Kumar Mishra, former in-charge of Bankura police station. The ED has so far attached assets worth Rs 181.14 crore in this case.

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