Enforcement Directorate Recovers Gold Worth Rs 6 Crore in Rajasthan Government’s Jal Jeevan Mission Scam.

Enforcement Directorate Recovers Gold Worth Rs 6 Crore in Rajasthan Government's Jal Jeevan Mission Scam.
Enforcement Directorate Recovers Gold Worth Rs 6 Crore in Rajasthan Government's Jal Jeevan Mission Scam.
Enforcement Directorate Recovers Gold Worth Rs 6 Crore in Rajasthan Government's Jal Jeevan Mission Scam.
Enforcement Directorate Recovers Gold Worth Rs 6 Crore in Rajasthan Government's Jal Jeevan Mission Scam.

Enforcement Directorate Recovers Gold Worth Rs 6 Crore in Rajasthan Government’s Jal Jeevan Mission Scam.

Enforcement Directorate Recovers Gold Worth Rs 6 Crore in Rajasthan Government’s Jal Jeevan Mission Scam.

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Gold Seized from Government Officials

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has made a significant recovery of gold valued at almost Rs 6 crore in connection with the Jal Jeevan Mission scam involving officials from the Rajasthan government. The central probe agency revealed that the gold was recovered from Rajasthan Government official OP Vishwakarma and Rajasthan Administrative Services official Amitabh Kaushik.

Gold Recovery Details

The ED stated that it had recovered 8 kg of gold valued at Rs 4.84 crore from two lockers belonging to Rajasthan Government official OP Vishwakarma and 1.5 kg of gold valued at Rs 1.02 crore from the locker of Rajasthan Administrative Services official Amitabh Kaushik. These lockers were seized from separate branches of Punjab National Bank in Jaipur on September 1.

ED’s Investigation and Seizures

The ED had conducted searches in various locations, including Jaipur, Alwar, Neemrana, Behror, and Shahpura, leading to the seizure of unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 2.32 Crore, a 1 Kg gold bar worth Rs 64 lakh, and various incriminating documents, including digital evidence, hard disks, and mobile devices on September 1.

Origin of the Investigation

The ED initiated its investigation based on an FIR registered by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Rajasthan. The case revolved around individuals Padamchand Jain (Proprietor: Shree Shyam Tubewell Company), Mahesh Mittal (Proprietor Shree Ganpati Tubewell Company), and others. They were suspected of offering bribes to public servants to gain illegal protection, secure tenders, obtain bill approvals, and cover up irregularities related to work executed in various tenders issued by the Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED).

The recovery of significant gold assets underscores the gravity of the Jal Jeevan Mission scam and the efforts to uncover financial misconduct by government officials.

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