The Central Bureau of Investigation conducted raids in Bihar on Wednesday in connection with an alleged land-for-railroad-jobs scheme.
A federal agency is conducting raids at the Patna home of RJD MLC Sunil Singh. “It is being done on purpose. It has no significance. They are doing it thinking that out of fear, MLAs will come in their favour,” says Singh, RJD MLC and Chairman of Biscomaun Patna.
Separately, the Central Bureau of Probe searched numerous places in Bihar and Ranchi in Jharkhand today as part of its continuing investigation into illicit mining and extortion.
The raids are taking place following the interrogation of Pankaj Mishra, the MLA representative of CM Hemant Soren.The locations are tied to one Prem Prakash, who is thought to have extensive political ties.
Previously, on July 19, the ED apprehended Pankaj Mishra. A Special PMLA Court in Ranchi has placed him in the custody of the ED until August 1.
Previously, the ED had seized and frozen cash amounting to Rs 13.32 crore lying in 50 bank accounts, Rs 5.34 crore unaccounted cash, illegally operated stone crushers and also seized various incriminating documents which it claimed belonged to Pankaj Mishra, Dahoo Yadav and their associates, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 after searches at 21 locations in Sahibganj, Barhet, Rajmahal, Mirza Chauki and Barharwa on July 8.