Who is IAS Pooja Singhal being probed by ED in Jharkhand money laundering case
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Pooja Singhal, the secretary of Jharkhand mining department, has come on the radar of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the money laundering case involving the alleged embezzlement of crores of MNREGA funds in the state. The agency has raided Pooja Singhal's home, as well as several other locations.
According to reports, the agency seized a total of Rs 19.31 crore in cash from two premises searched on Friday in Ranchi.
A total of Rs 17.51 crore in cash has been recovered from the premises of a Ranchi-based Chartered Accountant-cum-financial advisor whose connections with Pooja Singhal and her family are being investigated.
According to reports, around 1.8 crore in cash has also been recovered from another location in the city.
Who is IAS officer Pooja Singhal?
Pooja Singhal is an IAS officer and secretary of the Department of Mines and Geology of Jharkhand government, posted in Ranchi.
Prior to this, Pooja Singhal was working as Agriculture Secretary in the BJP government.
Pooja Singhal is a 2000 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and was posted as the deputy commissioner in Khunti district earlier.
IAS Pooja Singhal also serves as the chairman of Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation (JSMDC).
IAS Pooja Singhal has faced several serious allegations of financial irregularities during her tenure as Deputy Commissioner in Chatra, Khunti and Palamu districts, media reports suggest.
As Deputy Commissioner of Palamu, Pooja Singhal was accused of transferring nearly 83 acres of land to a private company for mining.
IAS Pooja Singhal is married to Abhishek Jha, the managing director of Pulse Super specialty hospital in Ranchi.
After divorcing IAS officer Rahul Purwar, Pooja Singhal married Abhishek Jha. ED officials are investigating a hideout on Abhishek's Ratu Road residence.
Pooja Singhal's brother Sidharth Singhal, who was among the directors of Pulse Super specialty hospital, is also under ED scanner in connection to the alleged embezzlement of MNREGA funds.