The Enforcement Directorate (ED), on Tuesday, conducted raids on various locations belonging to Rajasthan's minister of state home Rajendra Yadav in Behror and Kotputli.
Yadav is the first minister of Gehlot cabinet who is facing ED raids in recent action of the agency in the state. The central investigating agency has raided several locations linked to cases like Jal Jeevan Mission, Paper Leak and DoIT gold seizure based on the FIR registered by the state's Anti Corruption Bureau.
According to sources, the ED raid is conducted under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Last year in September, Income Tax department had raided various food related companies of the minister including a bag manufacturing factory.
The factory was raided owing to increasing irregularities related to mid-day meals, which benefit lakhs of students in the government-run schools in the state.
With this, the number of cases where ED has intervened so far has gone up to four. The other cases are:
RPSC Paper Leak
There have been allegations of cash for paper in the teachers recruitment examination conducted by Rajasthan Public Service Commission. According to investigation by ACB, paper was sold to around 150 candidates for Rs 8-10 lakh per candidate. Both ACB and ED are conducting probe. RPSC member Babulal Katara is in the custody of ED.
DoIT corruption case
While cleaning up the drawers and almirah in the Yojana Bhawan, which houses DoIT office, undeclared cash of Rs 2.31 crore and one kg gold brick was found in a locked locker of an almirah. ACB swing into action and arrested deputy director Yadav under whose name the locker was allocated. Later ED filed case on the basis of ACB FIR and recovered more gold with Rs 6 crore following the interrogation from Yadav.
Jal Jeevan Mission
There has been complaints of serious corruption in Jal Jeevan Mission .
Two companies Ganapati Tubewell and Shree Shyam Tubewell have been involved in scam worth thousand crores. It is alleged that Ganapati Tubewell has won tenders worth Rs 900 crores through fake documents.
The ACB registered case of corruption in Jal Jeevan Mission and made some arrests. Now ED has also swung into action on the basis of ACB FIR and recovered cash and gold from officials and owners of company. ED is likely to make more arrests in this case.
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