Ranchi, Aug. 12: Enforcement Directorate, probing money laundering charges against Kamlesh Singh, scaled up the extent of the former minister’s alleged involvement and named several members of his family as co-accused today.
In a supplementary chargesheet filed before the enforcement court of R.K. Choudhary, the ED claimed that the laundered wealth was allegedly around Rs 5.83 crore, ie, Rs 1.40 crore more than what was mentioned in the original complaint filed in October, 2009.
Apart from Singh, the new chargesheet mentioned four of his relatives who were allegedly involved in the scam. They were Singh’s wife Madhu, son Surya Sonal, daughter Ankita and son-in-law Nagendra Mohan, who is the son of Congress leader Kripa Shankar Singh.
S.R. Das, senior special public prosecutor (ED and CBI), said with today’s supplementary chargesheet, four more names were added to the list of accused.
Singh spent three years in Birsa Munda Central Jail since December 1, 2009, before he got bail. According to the chargesheet, Singh’s relatives handled his earnings during 2005 to 2009. The ED revealed how Singh was legalising black money through a series of transaction within the family.
It claimed that Rs 83 lakh was deposited into a bank account of son-in-law Mohan in one day. The source of the funds was undisclosed. The very next day, Mohan issued a cheque of Rs 1 crore in favour of wife Ankita apparently as a loan. Ankita, on the same day, issued a cheque in favour of her brother, Surya, also as a loan.