Raipur: Properties of Chhattisgarh Congress MLAs Devendra Yadav and Chandradev Prasad Rai and Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) treasurer Ram Gopal Agarwal, among others, have been seized in connection with an alleged coal levy probe case, police said on Tuesday.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday said it has seized immovable property, expensive vehicles, jewellery and over Rs 51 crore in cash in connection with the case.

The ED said the properties of IAS officer Ranu Sahu, coal trader Suryakant Tiwari and two other persons R P Singh and Vinod Tiwari have also been seized under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

“Direct evidence of financial links of the above persons with Suryakant Tiwari has been found,” the probe agency said in a statement.

The agency had earlier seized assets of IAS officer Sameer Bishnoi and state service bureaucrat Soumya Chaurasia in connection with the case.

The agency had earlier said the probe pertains to allegations of a “massive scam in which rs 25 per tonne of coal was being illegally collected in Chhattisgarh by a nexus of senior bureaucrats, traders, politicians and middlemen”.

According to the ED, coal trader Suryakant Tiwari is the main accused in the coal scam. Suryakant is in Raipur Central Jail, all the others associated with the scam are out. In Chhattisgarh, the ED has so far seized assets worth Rs 221 crore in connection with the coal scam and illegal extortion racket case.

Leave a Reply