Published On: Sat, Jan 17th, 2015

ED officer probing minister in drug trafficking case shifted

Chandigarh: Assistant Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Niranjan Singh, who was probing cases related to the high-profile Rs 6,000 crore drugs money laundering crime in Punjab was transferred on Friday.

Assistant Director of the Enforcement Directorate Niranjan Singh, who was shifted to Kolkata.Photo : NDTV

Assistant Director of the Enforcement Directorate Niranjan Singh, who was shifted to Kolkata.
Photo : NDTV

Singh was shifted to Kolkata from his home town Jalandhar. Government sources said that Singh was transferred as there was a need for a senior officer in Kolkata to lead the team which is probing the Saradha chit fund scam.

Sources also said that Singh is being sent on “an important” assignment in Kolkata and because of his good work he is being given a “challenging work”.

Singh was the main investigator in the drugs money laundering case and he was also part of the team which recently questioned Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia in the same case in Jalandhar.

The Punjab police had busted a Rs. 6,000-crore international synthetic drugs racket in the state in 2013. The ED conducted separate investigations in the case after serious allegations of money laundering emerged.

Majithia, 38, faces allegations of having links with certain non-resident Indians (NRIs) who have been accused of international money laundering related to the drugs racket.

Congress today alleged political expediency behind the move to transfer Niranjan Sigh and demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for a probe by CBI or a Supreme Court judge into the drug scam.

TST

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