Tuesday, October 27, 2020

India: Ex-Jharkhand minister found guilty in $2.6 million money laundering case

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The Special PMLA court of Ranchi convicted Anosh Ekka, former minister of Jharkhand, in a money laundering case based on the chargesheet filed the Enforcement Directorate (ED), officials said.

Anosh Ekka, was a former minister of rural development, NREP, transport, panchayat raj and building construction in the cabinet of former Chief Minister Madhu Koda from March 12, 2005, to December 19, 2008.

The PMLA court, Ranchi pronounced its judgment under PMLA, 2002 and found Anosh Ekka guilty of offences of money laundering to the tune of Rs 20 crore. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced by the court on March 31, 2020.

The ED’s case was based on the FIR filed by the Vigilance Bureau, the Government of Jharkhand in 2008 for cheating, criminal conspiracy and misusing his official position.

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The ED, during its investigation, was successful in establishing that Anosh Ekka had acquired huge movable and immovable properties.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) also initiated an investigation and filed a chargesheet against Anosh on January 16, 2012.

During the course of investigations under PMLA, immovable assets and movable assets amounting to Rs 20.3 crore involved in money laundering were identified and were attached by the financial probe agency.

The ED, in its chargesheet dated December 11, 2009, named Hari Narayan Rai along with Anosh Ekka and later filed another supplementary chargesheet detailing the proceeds of the crime.

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Hari Narayan Rai was convicted under PMLA in January 2017. The quantum of punishment will be announced by the court under Section 4 of PMLA where the maximum punishment is seven years of rigorous jail.

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