Jharkhand: ED interrogates Jharkhand Congress MLA, Yadav accuses BJP of misuse of agencies


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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday questioned Congress MLA Pradeep Yadav in connection with its probe into a money laundering case. The officers provided this information. Earlier this week, the Enforcement Directorate raided 12 locations in Jharkhand linked to Pradeep Yadav, a five-time MLA from Podaihat assembly seat and deputy leader of the Congress in the assembly.

Legislators will knock the door of the court

After questioning, the MLA said that he would soon approach the court regarding ED’s action. He claimed that the ED has not found anything in the raids conducted so far. Yadav alleged that the BJP was misusing central agencies to target opposition leaders. Fifty-seven-year-old Yadav and another MLA were raided by Income Tax Department teams as part of a tax evasion probe against certain business groups engaged in coal trading, transportation, extraction of iron ore and production of sponge iron in Jharkhand.

12 places raided

This week, the ED raided 12 locations of Congress MLA Pradeep Yadav and his associates. The raids were conducted at four places in Ranchi and eight places in Deoghar. Along with this, many places were raided in the surrounding areas of these cities. The Income Tax case against the Congress MLA is under investigation. A few months ago the Income Tax Department had also raided Pradeep Yadav’s premises and registered an FIR. Now ED is taking this action under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

What is PMLA law

The Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) was passed in the year 2002 and was implemented in 2005. The purpose of this law is to curb the process of converting black money into white. The purpose of this law is to prevent money laundering, use of black money in illegal activities and economic crimes.