March 16, New Delhi, India
Vikas Mishra, brother of Trinamool Congress Leader Vinay Mishra, is sent to six days Enforcement Directorate (ED) remand on the basis of connection with coal scam by Delhi Court.
As per report, Ajay Gulati; special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge said that the accused Vikas Mishra’s custodial interrogation is necessary to disclose the conspiracy, in order to trace the proceeds of crime and to confront him with other witnesses, documents and evidence.
In such circumstances, the accused is remanded to 6 days custody. Medical examination shall be conducted of him, every 24 hours, by ED during his stay in their custody. He will receive food as per his medical reports. He is to be produced in front of the concerned court on March 22, 2020.
NK Matta ( public prosecutor advocate ), who represented ED sought the remand of the accused and also submitted statements of various witnesses that were recorded during investigation.
On February 25 and March 15, during the course of investigation Mishra’s statement was recorded.
Matta also stated that the accused didn’t cooperate during investigation and also failed to provide relevant facts in his statements.
For further investigation, custodial interrogation is essential, in order to unearth the names of others who facilitated money laundering, and also to determine the modus operandi.
According to ED, a case was registered on November 27, 2020 by CBI, Kolkata against Amit Kumar Dhar, the then general manager, Kunustoria area ECL, Jayesh Chandra Rai, general manager ECL, Kajora area, Tanmay Das, chief security, ECL Asansol, Debashish Mukherjee, security incharge, Kajora area ECL, Dhananjay Rai, area security inspector ECL, and Anup Majee @ Lala along with unknown officials of ECL, CISF, Railways, other departments and other private unknown persons under sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.
In their application, ED explained in detail that the investigation was started to trace the proceeds of crime and it was disclosed that “large proceeds of crime” was laundered and generated as a result of illegal coal mining.