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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed its first chargesheet in connection with the Delhi Jal Board money laundering case, sources told news agency PTI on Saturday.

The ED filed about-8,000-page-long prosecution complaint in the case which is linked to alleged irregularities in the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). It was filed before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Delhi on March 28, the sources said.

“The court has listed the matter for April 1 for taking cognisance of the chargesheet,” they added.

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What ED said in chargesheet?

The financial probe agency named four individuals and one company as “accused” in the case. They include former Delhi Jal Board chief engineer Jagdish Kumar Arora, contractor Anil Kumar Agarwal, former NBCC general manager DK Mittal, one Tejinder Singh and NKG Infrastructure Limited.

According to PTI, the ED alleged that bribe money generated from corruption in a contract issued by the DJB was “passed on” as election funds to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi.

An FIR lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the basis of the ED case. The FIR had accused former DJB chief engineer Jagdish Kumar Arora of awarding a DJB contract to NKG Infrastructure Limited for a total cost of 38 crore despite the fact that the company “did not meet” the technical eligibility criteria. 

The Enforcement Directorate further alleged that the NKG Infrastructure Limited bagged the contract by submitting “forged” documents and Arora “was aware of the fact that the company does not meet the technical eligibility”.

As per sources, the ED’s statement alleged that Arora “received” bribe in cash and in bank accounts after awarding the contract to NKG Infrastructure Limited. 

Arora allegedly “passed on” the money to various people managing the DJB affairs, including “persons connected with the AAP”. “Bribe amounts were also passed on as election funds to the AAP,” the federal agency has alleged.

The ED arrested Arora and contractor Anil Kumar Agarwal in the case on January 31.

The ED sought prosecution of these accused under the Money Laundering Act and informed that it might file supplementary complaints in the future.

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Published: 30 Mar 2024, 03:50 PM IST

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