IAS Sameer Vishnoi’s remand was extended for 6 days: Sameer and the businessman wanted home-cooked food, but the court said no.
On Friday afternoon, the ED produced IAS Sameer Vishnoi in the court. After hearing both sides, the court reserved the decision. After this, the court ordered to extend of Sameer’s remand for six days. In the afternoon, the ED made the same demand in court. In addition to Sameer, two other businessmen, Sunil Aggarwal and Laxmikant Tiwari were brought before the court.
Earlier, Sunil Aggarwal’s lawyer, Vijay Aggarwal, stated that we objected to the six-day custody. Using the courts of Delhi and Mumbai as examples, they also requested that if Vishnoi is detained again, he be allowed to see his family members and eat home food. Vishnoi had been in ED remand for the previous eight days. The ED arrested IAS officer Sameer Vishnoi on suspicion of money laundering and disproportionate assets. Sunil Aggarwal and Laxmikant Tiwari, both businessmen, were also apprehended.
Brijesh Mishra, counsel for the ED, stated that the court granted us a six-day remand. It has issued its orders. The ED will detain the three accused IAS officers, Sameer Vishnoi, Sunil Agarwal, and Laxmikant Tiwari, until October 27. All three will be presented again at 2 p.m. on October 27. Lawyers representing the officers and businesspeople had asked the court to allow the relatives to meet. The court accepted it. The three families will now be able to meet for 45 minutes in the evening.
The officers and businesspeople also requested home food. The court ruled against this. Previously lawyers were permitted to participate in interrogations, but this has changed. Lawyers will be able to observe the questioning.
So far in the interrogation, the ED has obtained some land from the officers and businesspersons. The land is in the names of others in various districts throughout the state. The ED refused to comment on the matter.
IAS Vishnoi, according to Vijay Aggarwal, was also charged under Section 384. The FIR, on the other hand, makes no mention of Section 384. As a result, this action would be completely inappropriate. The police have submitted the report to the court. The ED has stated that they intend to interrogate Sameer Vishnoi by extending his detention. According to the lawyer, the client has been questioned for eight days and has nothing more to say. Vishnoi should get bail if he cooperates fully with the investigation. On behalf of the officer and the businesspeople, the lawyer also requested home-cooked food for the officer. The court refused to allow it.
In the last hearing, the Raipur court had granted remand for eight days. However, the ED team had sought 14 days remand. In these eight days, ED has got many types of evidence. It also contains evidence of illegal coal recovery. The ED informed the court that they discovered 4 kg of gold and 20-carat diamonds in Sameer Vishnoi’s home and Rs 47 lakh in cash. The ED stated that the total currency and gold received from the businesspersons was 6.5 crores. On October 11, the ED raided several locations.
IAS Sameer Vishnoi’s wife had complained to CM Baghel that the ED’s action was wrong – in the ED office, she was asked to name some Congress leaders, businesspeople, and state officers. My husband and I both refused.
After the action on October 11, a day earlier, the government removed Vishnoi from the Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society (CHIPS). The General Administration Department had appointed 2012 batch IAS officer Ritesh Kumar Agarwal as the Chief Executive Officer-CEO of CHIPs. Ritesh is the Managing Director of Chhattisgarh Text Book Corporation.
Sameer Vishnoi, an IAS officer from the 2009 batch, was appointed CEO of CHiPS in January of this year. On October 11, the Central Government’s investigative agency, ED, conducted raids across the state. Sameer was arrested by the ED on suspicion of money laundering and possessing disproportionate assets from coal traders.