Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached both movable and immovable properties valued at around Rs 36 crore belonging to the now suspended IAS officer BL Agrawal and of M/s Prime Ispat Limited—a company owned by his relatives. The move comes after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Agrawal, a principal secretary, in a bribery case last month.
ED started investigation under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to unearth the financial trail including the benami accounts and 13 shell companies which invested money in the equity shares of M/s Prime Ispat Limited, a spokesman of office of ED said.
Agrawal was the Principal Secretary (Higher Education) in the Chhattisgarh government when he was arrested on February 21.
CBI had arrested Agrawal and two others in connection with an alleged bribery case. It is alleged that Agrawal, an IAS officer of 1988 batch, wanted to “settle” a CBI probe against him. He is facing CBI investigation in two cases registered in 2010. The cases pertain to the period he was Health Secretary in Chhattisgarh government. He has been charge sheeted in one while probe is on in another case.
He allegedly approached Bhagwan Singh, a resident of Noida, who took him to Syed Burhanuddin. Burhanuddin, promised to help him settle the case in his favour.
Burhanuddin aka OP Singh aka OP Sharma demanded Rs 1.5 crore as illegal gratification for his services, the CBI FIR has alleged.
A meeting was held by the trio on February 11 where Agrawal agreed to pay the amount to get relief in the cases against him, sources said.
It is alleged that Agrawal sent Rs 60 lakh in four installments to Bhagwan Singh using hawala channel.
As Agrawal expressed inability to arrange cash for the balance amount after which Burhanuddin and Singh agreed to accept two kilograms of gold as illegal gratification, the FIR alleged. The agency has registered a case of criminal