Enforcement Directorate today issued provisional attachment orders of properties worth several crore rupees of two former Jharkhand ministers for allegedly acquiring them through money earned from illegal means during their terms.
The two ex ministers in question are Hari Narain Rai, former minister of Town Development and Tourism Department and Anosh Ekka, former Rural Development minister.
ED has alleged that the properties have been acquired in the name of self, wife, relatives and in the names of various firms including public limited companies and firms owned and controlled by them or by their associates.
"A large number of properties have been acquired by making payment in cash, sometimes in the order of Rs 62 lakh in one go," an official said.
The official said Ekka had allegedly invested the ill gotten money in 109 land properties having registered value of more than Rs five crore, besides in an underconstruction residential building worth more than Rs 2.5 crore and in Ekka Constructions Private Ltd.
"The actual market value of these properties at acquisition is expected to be much more than the registered value," the ED official said.
Rai is also alleged to have made investment worth several crore in various properties including a dairy and poultry farm and fish pond.
In addition to the above 16 bank accounts of Ekka and associates and eight bank accounts of Rai and associates have been attached.
ED said the duo and their associates tried to mislead the investigation by creating back dated documents including filing income tax returns for several years in one go and by claiming to have taken loans from persons who turned out to be non existent, from relatives under fraud names and claiming to have earned from business, which never existed.