In connection with a money laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has seized approximately Rs 4 crore worth of cash and jewelry during investigations at multiple locations linked to government officers and businessmen in Chhattisgarh. According to agency sources, seizures were made from both government officials and private entities seized. According to sources, the ED action relates to an investigation into money laundering involving alleged unlawful levy commissions derived by certain entities from transporters in Chhattisgarh. The federal agency has accepted a complaint and charge document from the Internal Revenue Service in order to submit a case under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they said. Since Tuesday, separate ED teams have been undertaking investigations in the state capital of Raipur, Raigarh, Mahasamund, Korba, and other districts, according to sources. Multiple agency teams escorted by personnel from the central paramilitary forces participated in the operations. According to sources, the searches included the residences of three Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, including a district collector, a businessman, including Suryakant Tiwari, and politicians of the ruling party, including former MLA and chairman of the state’s seeds development corporation Agni Chandrakar. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel referred to the seizures as “acts of intimidation.” Baghel told reporters that the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unable to combat directly and is therefore attempting to fight through the Enforcement Division (ED), the Income Tax (I-T) department, and the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). This is merely an intimidation tactic, he stated.
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