ED arrests Jharkhand minister Alamgir Alam over ₹35 crore cash recovery


Law enforcement agencies on Wednesday arrested Jharkhand minister Alamgir Alam in a money-laundering case, who had earned Rs 35 crore from his personal secretary’s household help in recent days.

Alam was arrested after being questioned by the central office in connection with the cash seizure. “I got a call today and I came,” the rural development minister told reporters before entering the ED office. On Tuesday, the law enforcement officers interrogated him for about 10 hours.

The Enforcement Directorate has summoned the Congress leader to its zonal office in Ranchi to record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The money-laundering investigation is related to alleged irregularities in the state’s rural development department.

Sanjeev Lal and his domestic help Jahangir Alam were arrested by the ED on Tuesday, a day after Rs 35.23 lakh was seized.

Sanjeev Lal, P.S. du Alam and his servant Jahangir Alam were arrested by the ED following raids and seizure of cash worth Rs 35.23 crore in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

At least seven agency teams began the search at 6 a.m. Monday. Most of those found were from Jahangir Alam’s house near Ranchi Hill, ED officials said.

The searches continued until the evening, and several machines had to be put into operation to count the money.

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