Judicial remand of suspended IAS Sameer Vishnoi, businessmen Suryakant Tiwari & others extended till December 6


In a major setback for suspended IAS Sameer Vishnoi, coal trader Laxmikant Tiwari, businessman Suryakant Tiwari and businessman Sunil Agrawal, Raipur court on Wednesday rejected their bail plea and extended their judicial remand for 14 more days, i.e. till December 6.

Suryakant Tiwari and suspended IAS Sameer Vishnoi are jailed in money laundering cases. After the judicial remand of these accused was over on Wednesday, they were brought to the court by the ED. The ED demanded from the court to increase the judicial remand of the accused.

On October 11, the Enforcement Directorate conducted raids in several districts of the state. On October 13, the then CEO of CHiPS Sameer Vishnoi, advocate and businessman LaxmikantTiwari and coal businessman Sunil Agrawalwere arrested. ED has interrogated them for 14 days. After that they were sent to jail in judicial custody. Suryakant Tiwari, an accused in this case, surrendered in the special ED court on 29 October. 

He was arrested from there and sent to ED custody. On November 10, the accused sought relief on the basis of Karnataka High Court’s stay on the original FIR. After two days of hearing, the court refused to grant any specific relief.

After that all the four accused were sent to jail in judicial custody. In between, Sameer Vishnoiapplied for bail which was rejected by the court. 

On Wednesday, a bail application has been filed on behalf of businessman Sunil Agrrwal. The court rejected Agrawal’s bail application. The ED urged the court to keep the accused in judicial custody for now. The court accepted this demand. Later, all were ordered to be sent to jail in judicial custody till December 6.

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