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ED files prosecution plaint against former IAS officer

September 05, 2018 06:16 AM

COURTESY TOI SEPT 5

ED files prosecution plaint against former IAS officer
Says Had ₹9.55cr In Excess To His Known Income Sources
Manish.Sirhindi@timesgroup.com

Patiala:

Three days after a Mohali court framed charges against former IAS officer, Mandeep Singh, in connection with a case registered by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, the Enforcement Director (ED) filed a prosecution complaint in the designated PMLA court in Mohali against the former Punjab transport secretary and three others, including his wife. The ED had been investigating the money laundered by him.


According to the complaint filed by the ED, the 1991-batch retired IAS officer of Punjab cadre had amassed a sum of Rs 9.55 crores which were Rs 5,41,21,019 in excess to his known sources of income of Rs 4.31 crores. He bought three residential properties, one each in Sectors 3, 8 and 33 in Chandigarh, a house in Shimla, and three showrooms in Chandigarh -- two in Sector 22 and one in Sector 10. He also has 113-acre land in Chamkaur Sahib and holds about 80% share in a hotel in Zirakpur.

The other accused, Panchkula based Avtar Singh and Makhan Singh of Chamkaur Sahib, had helped him make fake documents for sale and purchase of property to turn black money into white. His wife Maya Devi has also been named in the complaint filed by the ED in the designated PMLA court.

The vigilance bureau had filed a chargesheet against Mandeep and the two others in March 2017. The case had been registered against them on August 28, 2015, under the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 420 (fraud), 467 (forging documents), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. It was on the basis of this FIR that the ED had later filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) and started investigating the money laundered by the former IAS officer.

The ED claimed that Mandeep Singh invested illegitimate funds, possessed by him in excess to his known sources of income, in the construction of Hotels Marc Royale-I and Marc Royale- II under the aegis of M/s Ashiana Inn Ltd in connivance with Avtar Singh. The hotel was constructed under the ownership of the company and was valued at Rs. 91.83 crores.

It stated that the company showed availability of funds by way of issuance of fake shares in the names of various companies and individuals, which were later found to be fake. The unaccounted funds laundered in the Hotels belonged to Mandeep Singh, the ED claimed.

The prosecution complaint further read that he acquired Rs 2.50 crore using bogus sale agreement of his house and he even purchased agricultural lands in the name of his wife and sons, the value of which was assessed as Rs 94.45 crores. The ED claimed that the court has already confirmed the attachment of these properties as these had been bought from the representing proceeds of crime.

 

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