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Jharkhand govt suspends IAS Pooja Singhal in money laundering case

12/05/2022 at 8:08 PM

Ranchi, May 12: Jharkhand government on Thursday suspended state mining secretary Pooja Singhal from her duty, a day after she was arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case linked to the alleged embezzlement of MGNREGA funds and other charges.

a special PMLA court in Ranchi on Wednesday had sent Singhal to five-day remand of the ED.

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.

The ED has launched a probe in connection with a money laundering case. Earlier, agency conducted raids at 18 locations in four states, including premises linked to the IAS officer.

The ED is probing the case of money laundering involving the alleged diversion of MGNREGA funds in Khunti district of the state during 2008-11, Singhal the 2000 batch IAS officer was posted as the deputy commissioner in Khunti district earlier.

Pooja Singhal is the secretary of the Department of Mines and Geology and the Managing Director of Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Limited (JSMDC).

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