#Kolkata: ED (Enforcemet Direcrtorate) takes big step in coal smuggling. ED confiscated the property of Anup Majhi alias Lala, the main accused in the coal scam. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had called him for questioning on Monday morning. The interrogation went on to find out the information about some influential coal smugglers who got money from him. Besides, the CBI will also apply for lifting the protection given by the Supreme Court not to arrest Lala for the time being.
Incidentally, the Supreme Court had ordered not to arrest Anup Majhi till April 8. The CBI has indicated that it will apply to the Supreme Court to take Anup Majhi into custody after Tuesday. According to sources in the central agency, Anup Majhi is not cooperating in the investigation. And for that reason, an attempt may be made to take him into custody. Lala was summoned to the Nizam’s Palace on Monday. He was interrogated by CBI officials in the fourth phase. After that, the ED confiscated the movable property of Anup Maji alias Lala worth Tk 185.8 crore. The saliva shield is coming to an end on Tuesday.
According to ED sources, Lala had multiple sponge iron factories across Asansol and a wide area of West Burdwan. A portion of the coal saliva extracted from the ECL was also used in the sponge iron factory. Upon receiving this information, the ED took a fresh initiative and confiscated this huge amount of Lala’s property. Anup Majhi has two companies in Purulia. The ED confiscated the land, machinery and factories of that company.
Published by:Sanjukta Sarkar