The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday has arrested the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Rajya Sabha MP Amarendra Dhari Singh.
According to officials, the RJD MP was arrested in connection with the money laundering probe related to an alleged fertilizers scam.
The Rajya Sabha MP Amarendra Dhari Singh is a partner in the Jyoti Group. The same group came under the scanner last month when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a case against –
• IFFCO chairman U S Awasthi,
• former MD of Indian Potash Limited Parvinder Singh Gahlaut and their sons.
CBI filed a case against all of them for alleged contortion in the import of fertilizers and claiming subsidies via a web of companies.
The RJD MP has been arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Enforcement Directorate has arrested RJD’s MP Amarendra Dhari Singh in connection with fertiliser subsidy scam, on the charges of money laundering: Sources
— ANI (@ANI) June 3, 2021
Meanwhile, Awasthi, Gahlaut, and others named in the case of subsidy fraud are accused of importing fertilizers at inflated prices from several overseas suppliers and siphoning off the commissions out of India through their family members and other private persons named in the case.
The FIR stated that Awasthi opened M/s. Kisan International Trading for exchange of illegal commissions in import of raw material and fertilizers, manipulation of sales data of fertilizers for claiming higher subsidies. The persons named in the case are alleged to be involved in the criminal conspiracy for seven years from 2007 to 2014 and had cheated IFFCO, IPL, a company owned by IFFCO, general shareholders, and the government by fraudulently importing fertilizers at inflated rates and claiming subsidies, as per the CBI FIR.