Raipur. A 12-member team of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday morning reached the residence of the paternal home of Raigarh district collector Ranu Sahu at Panduka in Gariaband district. The ED team arrived at 5 am and carried out a search operation.
The ED reached the houses of Gariaband district panchayat member Laxmi Sahu and Congress leader Shailendra Sahu at Panduka at 5 am. Initially, the family members refused to let the team inside, but the team eventually gained entry. To clarify, collector Ranu Sahu’s mother is Lakshmi Sahu, and her cousin is Shailendra Sahu.
The ED was investigating the documents discovered in Ranu Sahu’s home. This family is said to have named a 12-acre pond in Mainpur after themselves. The ED is also looking into it.
The ED began the raids on October 11, targeting around 40 locations, including several IAS officers and business persons involved in coal trading. Aside from the state capital of Raipur, the ED concentrated on areas such as Korba, Raigarh, and Mahasamund.
Because Raigarh collector Ranu Sahu was not found in her government home, the ED sealed it. On October 12, Ranu Sahu arrived in Raigarh and invited the ED’s investigating officer to search. Her bungalow was later thoroughly searched.
After returning from Hyderabad, the Raigarh collector wrote a letter to the ED on her official letterhead, declaring that she would cooperate with the investigation. Ranu Sahu stated in the letter that she would be on leave beginning October 10. She was receiving treatment at Hyderabad’s Yashoda Hospital. She also had a minor operation there. She has now arrived in Raigarh.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had raised questions on the action of ED one after the other in Chhattisgarh. He stated that if the BJP is unable to fight directly, it will try to fight through the ED, I-T, and other agencies.
The ED had raided the Director of Minerals Department, IAS JP Maurya, Chief Executive Officer of CHiPS Samir Vishnoi, former MLA Agni Chandrakar, all coal and transport traders, and chartered accountants. Following this, Sameer Vishnoi and two coal traders, Laxmikant Tiwari and Sunil Agrawal were arrested on suspicion of money laundering and having disproportionate assets. IAS Vishnoi and both businessmen are on remand for eight days. Lawyers will be present during the interrogation.