The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is all set to register four fresh cases against private firms under the stringent provisions of the money laundering laws as part of its investigations into the coalgate scam.
Sources said, “Fresh cases will be registered on the basis of recent FIRs registered by the CBI in the coal scam. The ED will specifically look into the proceeds of crime, if any, generated by the accused firms in its fresh FIRs”. The Central probe agency has till now registered over 38 money laundering cases in the coal-block allocation scam. The CBI has so far registered 43 cases since September 2012 in its probe into alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocks between 1993 to 2009.
The firms against whom fresh cases will be registered are located in Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Nagapur and Raipur, sources said. Sources further refused to divulge identity of the firms against whom cases would registered. “Investigations by the ED have revealed that irregularities were committed in the allocations of Chotia, Madanpur (North), Fatehpur, Lalgarh North and Thesgora-B (Rudrapuri) and several other blocks”.
“Role of officials of certain state governments is also under the scanner in connection with the allocations of four coal blocks. Investigators have found that certain firms got mining lease on the basis of recommendation of the state governments,” sources said.