The enforcement directorate (ED) will assist the state investigation agencies in finding the trail of the ill-gotten money invested by the politicians and bureaucrats involved in scams.
Director, ED, Rajendra Katoch met chief secretary Jawed Usmani and DGP AC Sharma in this regard on Friday. According to the sources, Katoch assured them ED’s assistance in the investigation of the scams.
“With the assistance of the ED, we can get the details of the investment made by the politicians and bureaucrats involved in the scams,” a police officer said.
The state government has ordered probe into the scams that took place during the previous BSP regime in UP. The investigation agencies namely the economic offences wing (EOW), special investigation bureau of state cooperative cell, vigilance department and anti-corruption wing has been entrusted with the task of probing the scams and nail the politicians and bureaucrats who embezzled the government money.
The EOW is investigating the irregularities committed in the purchase of medicine by the CMOs as well as the irregularity in the purchase of the pink stones used in the construction of memorials. The state cooperative cell, while probing the multi crore LACCFED scam, has collected evidence about the siphoning off money by the ministers, bureaucrats and engineers involved in the scam.
“But we are yet to get evidence about the investment of the ill-gotten money,” the police officer said and added “with the help of the ED, we hope to expose the money laundering racket run by the corrupt ministers and bureaucrats.”
Preliminary investigation indicates that politicians and bureaucrats involved in the scam have invested the money in real estate in UP as well as other states including Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Goa and Karnataka.
The assistance of the ministry of corporate affairs would be taken to locate the bogus companies floated by the politicians and bureaucrats for the investment of the ill-gotten money.