ED files first chargesheet in Delhi Jal Board money laundering case

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Four people and an organization have been named because the accused in the chargesheet — former DJB chief engineer Jagdish Kumar Arora, contractor Anil Kumar Agarwal, former NBCC basic supervisor D Ok Mittal, one Tejinder Singh and NKG Infrastructure Limited.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed its first chargesheet in reference to a money-laundering probe linked to alleged irregularities in the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), official sources mentioned on Saturday.

The about-8,000-page-long prosecution criticism, that features 140 operational pages aside from annexures, was filed by the federal company earlier than a particular Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) courtroom in Delhi on March 28, the sources advised PTI.

The courtroom has listed the matter for April 1 for taking cognisance of the chargesheet, they mentioned.

Four people and an organization have been named because the accused in the chargesheet — former DJB chief engineer Jagdish Kumar Arora, contractor Anil Kumar Agarwal, former NBCC basic supervisor D Ok Mittal, one Tejinder Singh and NKG Infrastructure Limited.

The company has sought prosecution of those accused beneath the PMLA and knowledgeable that it would file supplementary complaints in the longer term.

The ED has alleged that bribe money generated from corruption in a contract issued by the DJB was “passed on” as election funds to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi. The company had additionally summoned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for questioning in the case, however he didn’t depose earlier than it.

Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 in one other money-laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the excise coverage for the nationwide capital.

The company had raided the premises of Kejriwal’s private assistant Bibhav Kumar, AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP and treasurer N D Gupta, former DJB member Shalabh Kumar, chartered accountant Pankaj Mangal and a few others as a part of the probe in February.

An FIR lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which accuses Arora of awarding a DJB contract to NKG Infrastructure Limited for a complete value of Rs 38 crore although the corporate “did not meet” the technical eligibility standards, is the premise of the ED case.

The ED arrested Arora and Agarwal in the case on January 31.

NKG Infrastructure Limited bagged the contract by submitting “forged” paperwork and Arora “was aware of the fact that the company does not meet the technical eligibility”, the company has claimed.

An ED assertion has alleged that Arora “received” bribe in money and in financial institution accounts after awarding the contract to NKG Infrastructure Limited and “passed on” the money to varied folks managing the DJB affairs, together with “persons connected with the AAP”.

“Bribe amounts were also passed on as election funds to the AAP,” the federal company has alleged.

This is the second case in which the ED has charged the AAP with taking kickbacks. It has alleged that bribe money of Rs 45 crore, out of the entire of Rs 100 crore, from the scrapped excise coverage of 2021-22 was utilized by the Kejriwal-led occasion for campaigning in the Goa Assembly polls.

The company has mentioned the DJB contract was awarded at “highly-inflated rates”, in order that the bribes could possibly be collected from the contractors.

“As against the contract value of Rs 38 crore, only about Rs 17 crore were spent towards the contract and the remaining amount was siphoned off in the guise of various fake expenses.”Such faux bills had been booked for bribes and election funds,” the ED has alleged.

Delhi minister Atishi had denied the fees at a press briefing and claimed that the case was one other try to tarnish the picture of the AAP and its leaders.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by DNA employees and is printed from ANI/Reuters/PTI)


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