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ED gets six-day remand of Pankaj Mishra’s aide Bachchu Yadav

Ranchi, August 5: A special PMLA court in Ranchi on Friday sent Bachchu Yadav to six days Directorate of Enforcement (ED) remand.

Bachchu is one of the close associates of Pankaj Mishra, the MLA representative of Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

Earlier on Thursday, ED arrested Bachchu Yadav, a close associate of Pankaj Mishra who was arrested earlier by the agency, in connection with an illegal mining case in Jharkhand.

His residence and other locations have already been raided by the ED.

On July 8, ED conducted searches at 19 locations linked to Pankaj Mishra and his close associates Dahu Yadav and Bachchu Yadav in Sahibganj, Rajmahal, and Mirza Chauki.

On July 19, the ED arrested Pankaj Mishra, who is the MLA representative of Soren in his Assembly constituency Berhait.

Associate Dahoo Yadav had joined the investigation before the arrest of Pankaj Mishra. Afterward, he went incommunicado and didn’t turn up despite a few notices from ED.

In the same case, Jharkhand CM’s press advisor Abhishek Prasad is being grilled by the federal agency. He has been called to join the investigation on Friday for the third consecutive day.

Late last month, the ED seized an inland water vessel worth Rs 30 crore in connection with its probe. The agency claimed that the vessel was being “operated illegally, without having any permit from Sukargarh Ghat in Sahibganj (Jharkhand)”.

 “The vessel was being operated at the behest of Rajesh Yadav alias Dahu Yadav in collusion with Pankaj Mishra and others for transporting illegally mined stone chips and stone boulders,” the ED had said.

Soon after the July 19 raids, the ED froze deposits of Rs 11.88 crore in 37 bank accounts belonging to Mishra and Dahu Yadav. Apart from this, “unaccounted” cash amounting to Rs 5.34 crore was also seized by the agency, claiming that the money was linked to “illegal mining” in Jharkhand.

Five stone crushers that were being “illegally” operated and an equal number of “illegal firearm cartridges” were also seized by the ED.

“The evidence collected during the course of the investigation, including the statements of various persons, digital evidence and documents, revealed that the seized cash/bank balance is derived from illegal mining being rampantly done in the Sahibganj area, including the forest area,” the federal probe agency had said.

The ED is probing a trail of Rs 100 crore of “proceeds of crime” generated from illegal mining operations in the state.

Over the last two months, the agency has seized cash amounting to more than Rs 36 crore, as part of two separate money-laundering investigations linked to “illegal mining” in Jharkhand.

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