In the course of its investigation into money laundering, the agency has looked through ten places connected to Arvind Kejriwal’s personal secretary.
New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party’s headquarters and the personal secretary of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were searched by the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday. Within the framework of its probe into money laundering in the Delhi Jal Board case, the agency has searched eleven locations related to the personal secretary.
The individuals the CIA looked for were ND Gupta, a member of the Rajya Sabha, and Bibhav Kumar, Kejriwal’s personal assistant.
AAP leader Atishi responded to the raids by saying the BJP government is attempting to frighten its leaders.
As I mentioned yesterday, I was going to perform a ‘explosive exposé’ on ED today at 10 a.m. The ED has been carrying out raids against AAP officials and activists since 7 am, with the aim of intimidating the AAP and putting a stop to this exposé. Raids are underway at the residences of our leader, ND Gupta, and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s PA. Rumour has it that the ED intends to raid AAP leaders all day long. According to news agency PTI, she stated, “The BJP-led central government is trying to scare the AAP using the probe agencies.”
What accusations does the Enforcement Directorate make?
In connection with the case under the PMLA Act, the agency detained the former head engineer of Jal Board last month. For identical reasons, a businessman was also detained.
The agency alleges that despite NKG Infrastructure Ltd.’s failure to meet the technical eligibility requirements, the company was awarded a contract worth ₹38 crore for the supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of electromagnetic flow metres by Jagdish Kumar Arora, the chief engineer of the Delhi Jal Board at the time.NKG Infrastructure Ltd. was able to win the bid by presenting documents that were either falsified or misleading, as was discovered during the ED’s inquiry.
Further investigation revealed that NKG Infrastructure Ltd.’s subcontractor was Anil Kumar Aggarwal’s business, Integral Screws Ltd. After receiving monies, Aggarwal reportedly used cash and bank transactions to bribe Jagdish Kumar Arora, moving over ₹3 crore. Furthermore, it was discovered that Arora’s family members and associates’ bank accounts were used to send bribe money.
This occurs a few days after Kejriwal was sued by the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi court for the seventh time for allegedly ignoring a summons in the Delhi excise policy case.
In accordance with Section 50 of the PMLA of 2002, the agency filed a new complaint for non-attendance under Section 190 (1)(a) Cr.P.C. r/w. Section 200 Cr.P.C., 1973 r/w. Section 174 IPC, 1860 r/w. Section 63 (4) of the PMLA, 2002.
On January 31, 2024, Jagdish Kumar Arora and Anil Kumar Aggarwal were taken into custody by the Enforcement Directorate in relation to money laundering investigations that were started in the Delhi Jal Board Corruption Case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002. On February 1, 2024, Jagdish Kumar Arora and Anil Kumar Aggarwal appeared before the Special Court. ED is to remain under court supervision until February 5, 2024.
The Enforcement Department (ED) started an investigation based on a Federal Bureau of inquiry (FBI) dossier that contained scheduled offences connected to bribery and corruption at the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). The FIR claims that despite the company’s failure to meet the technical qualifying requirements, Jagdish Kumar Arora, the Chief Engineer of DJB at the time, awarded M/s NKG Infrastructure Ltd. a contract at Delhi Jal Board for a total of Rs 38,02,33,080.
According to the ED’s inquiry, M/s NKG Infrastructure Ltd submitted forged, falsified, or deceptive documents in order to win the bid. The company does not match the technical qualifying standards for the SITC of an electromagnetic flow metre, and this was known to Jagdish Kumar Arora, the Chief Engineer of Delhi Jal Boad at the time. The work was subcontracted by M/s NKG Infrastructure Ltd to M/s Integral Screws Ltd, Anil Kumar Aggarwal’s sole proprietorship. After receiving the money, Anil Kumar Aggarwal gave Jagdish Kumar Arora the approximate 3 crore bribe via cash and bank accounts. Further investigations reveal that the bribe money were transferred into the bank accounts of Jagdish Kumar Arora’s close colleagues and their relatives. A financial bribe was also given to Jagdish Kumar Arora’s close colleague.
Prior to this, on November 17, 2023, and July 24, 2023, the ED carried out search operations that led to the discovery of evidence and documents that could be used against them.