ED seizes Rs 1crore, 100 live cartridges from land broker

  • | Saturday | 22nd June, 2024

In ongoing investigation in land scam, the central probe agency Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday seized Rs 1 crore in cash and around hundred rounds of live ammunition from the premises of land businessman Kamlesh Kumar at Kanke road. The ED has also recovered land-related documents of several officials from Kamlesh Kumars premises. The ED team raided the residence of land businessman Kamlesh Kumar in Astor Green, located at Chandni Chowk on Kanke Road. The raid was in connection with case involving Shekhar Kushwaha, who was arrested in the land scam case. On June 12, the ED had arrested Shekhar Kushwaha, a resident of Gadi Gaon, in the Bargai land scam. Previously, in this case, a total of 21 people including Hemant Soren, former Deputy Commissioner of Ranchi, Chhavi Ranjan, JMM leader Antu Tirkey have been arrested. Shekhar Kushwaha was the 22nd accused arrested in the land scam. During the investigation of the case of the purchase and sale of land with the help of fake documents, ED found that Shekhar is involved in the purchase and sale of 4.83 acres of land of Gadi Mauja of Bargain region. The ED has already revealed to Jharkhand High Court that former Chief Minister Hemant Soren played a vital role in illegally obtaining land in Bargain, Ranchi. ED counsel S V Raju, has stated that Soren acquired the land in 2009–10 and constructed a boundary wall for securing its possession. Soren, also the Jharkhand Mukti Morchas executive president, petitioned for bail on May 27 in a money-laundering case tied to the alleged land scam. 

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