Assets of some IAS, IPS agents under scanner ED, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Kolkata: The assets of some of the eight Indian Police Service (IPS) officers and five Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers from West Bengal, who were summoned by the Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate to New Delhi for questioning in the coal smuggling case, are under the central agency’s scanner.

ED sources said these officers were summoned as their names surfaced during the various phases of interrogation of coal smuggling ringleader Anup Majhi alias Lala who is currently in custody of the ED. All these officers from IAS and IPS were invited to visit ED headquarters in New Delhi on different dates from 21st to 31st August.

The sources said that some of the bureaucrats and police will be questioned about their assets and would be asked to clarify the source of income for the purchase of those assets.

One of the important IPS officers summoned by the ED in this regard is the Additional Director General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Special Task Force (STF) of the State Police, Gyanwant Singh, who will face the second round of questioning by Central Agency detectives in this regard.

ED sources said Singh was questioned first when the coal smuggling case broke. As the former Additional Superintendent (Law and Order) of the State Police, did he receive a report from the Assistant Inspector General of Range and District Police Superintendents on this matter.

The likely question for Rajeev Mishra, the additional director general of the state’s intelligence arm, would be whether there was any coal smuggling intelligence in this case. Sukesh Kumar Jain, currently deputy inspector general of the traffic division, would be questioned on how the traffic department was completely unaware that smuggled coal was being transported by trucks on national highways.

The ED has already interviewed Trinamool National Congress General Secretary and party MP Abhishek Banerjee (nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) and his wife Rujira in connection with the case.

A Thailand-based bank account allegedly held by Rujira is currently under ED scanner.

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