Money laundering: Setback for IAS Sameer Vishnoi and others

Deputy secretary Soumya Chourasiya’s ED custody extended for four more days


In yet another setback the accused in the money laundering case IAS Sameer Vishnoi, businessmen Suryakant Tiwari, LaxmikantTiwari and Sunil Agarwal have been sent to Jail December 10. Deputy secretary to the chief minister, Soumya Chourasiya, has been sent to ED’s custody till December 10 after her four-day custody was over on Tuesday.

ED’s Special Public Prosecutor Saurabh Kumar said, the agency had sought a 10-day remand by presenting Soumya in the court. After the hearing, the court extended the remand for four days. She will be produced before the court again on December 10. 

Defense advocate Faizal Rizvi said, Soumya Chourasiya has been allowed to meet the children during the custody. It is being said that on December 10, the court is completing 60 days of ED proceedings. As per the rules, the agency has to present the charge sheet within these 60 days. It is believed that if the chargesheet is not presented on that day, the court can give relief to the accused.

Tight security arrangements were made in the District and Sessions Court premises just before the production of the accused in the high profile case of money laundering. More than 150 policemen led by Additional SP level officers were deployed there. Journalists were prevented from going towards the ED’s special court on the fifth floor of the court building. It was said on behalf of the police, such is the order of the magistrate.

On October 11, the Enforcement Directorate raided the locations of several officers and businessmen of the state. After preliminary investigation and questioning, on October 13, the then CEO of Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society-CHIPS, Sameer Vishnoi, coal baron Sunil Agrawal and lawyer and businessman Laxmikant Tiwari were arrested in this case. After this Soumya was arrested on  December 2.

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