Jharkhand IAS officer Pooja Singhal appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning today. She is likely to be grilled about crores of unaccounted cash and links to Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.
IAS Pooja Singhal (Photo from @vaibhavUP65 on Twitter)
Jharkhand IAS officer Pooja Singhal appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Ranchi on Tuesday for questioning in a money laundering case involving the embezzlement of government funds to the tune of Rs 18 crore.
Earlier, Singhal’s chartered accountant (CA) Suman Kumar was arrested by the ED. The financial probe agency had recovered Rs 17.49 crore in cash from Kumar’s house.
Sources said the ED is probing the documents seized from the premises belonging to IAS Pooja Singhal. It is also probing documents linked to allotment of mining licenses linked to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
India Today TV has accessed the line questioning which Singhal might be subjected to during today’s interrogation. One of the biggest questions that the IAS officer could be asked is her connection to the Rs 17 crore cash seized from her CA Suman Kumar’s premises.
Investigators are also likely to ask Singhal about the source and reason why Rs 1.43 crore in cash was deposited into her bank accounts between 2006 and 2013.
The agency is also expected to grill her about her CA’s finances, specifically the lakhs of rupees transferred from her bank account to Suman Kumar’s and why the accountant owns many expensive cars and if they were Singhals’ unnamed (benami) vehicles.
Another key angle the ED will question Singhal, who was the Jharkhand mining secretary, about her relationship with CM Hemant Soren and her role in the allocation of mining leases to him and whether she was pressured into doing so.
The ED, which has come across suspicious transactions that Singhal made to the accounts of two companies and as LIC premiums, could also grill the IAS officer about these irregularities.
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