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Business News/ News / India/  Jharkhand news: Arrested minister Alamgir Alam remanded to 6-day ED custody
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Jharkhand news: Arrested minister Alamgir Alam remanded to 6-day ED custody

The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested Jharkhand Minister and Congress leader Alamgir Alam, days after recovery of a huge amount of cash from the household help of his personal secretary Sanjeev Lal.

Jharkhand Minister Alamgir Alam being produced in a court in Ranchi, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (PTI Photo) Premium
Jharkhand Minister Alamgir Alam being produced in a court in Ranchi, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (PTI Photo)

Jharkhand Rural Development Minister and Congress leader Alamgir Alam, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case, was remanded to the ED custody for six days, said lawyers on Thursday. 

The minister was produced before a PMLA court in Ranchi earlier today amid tight security arrangements. Alam was arrested after a six-hour interrogation by the federal agency at their office in the city on Wednesday.

He was also questioned on Tuesday for over nine hours and his statement was recorded. This came days after recovery of a huge amount of cash from the household help of his personal secretary Sanjeev Lal.

On May 7, the investigative body confiscated approximately 36.75 crore during its searches and subsequently arrested Sanjeev Lal along with his domestic aide Jahangir Alam. The ED disclosed to a special PMLA court in Ranchi that Lal was gathering 'commission' on behalf of certain influential individuals and government officials.

Of the seized cash, the agency retrieved 32.20 crore from a flat in Ranchi, where Jahangir Alam was residing, and approximately 3 crore from another site, including 10.05 lakh from Lal's residence. Additionally, on May 8, it recovered 1.5 crore from a contractor's premises.

It took the agency over 12 hours to complete the counting process, employing six counting machines for the task. Furthermore, the central agency asserted that officials at all levels, from top to bottom, were allegedly implicated in an illegal cash payment nexus.

However, Alam who is currently representing the Pakur seat in the Jharkhand assembly distanced himself from the matter, saying that people had known him for 25-30 years and that his image was "not that of a corrupt person."

"Elections are going on. The ED is investigating the matter. Being the minister of the department, they can interrogate me. I do not want to say anything about this. People are understanding everything," Alam had said. 

 

(With PTI inputs)

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Published: 16 May 2024, 01:58 PM IST
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