ED arrests aide of Bengal minister Jyotipriya Mallick in ration scam | India News – Times of India

BONGAON: An aide of Jyotipriya Mallick, a Bengal minister jailed in a ration scam, was arrested early Saturday amid protests and dramatic scenes that ED sleuths successfully manoeuvred through to avoid a rerun of the Sandeshkhali fury where a TMC strongman’s supporters had attacked the central agency’s officers hours earlier.
TMC’s Shankar Adhya was picked up from his home in Simultala, North 24-Parganas, after 17 hours of questioning and seizure of Rs 8.5 lakh in alleged unaccounted cash.
The home of Adhya, who is in his mid-50s and a former chairman of the Bongaon municipality, was teeming with supporters when ED and CRPF officials tried to whisk him away. The supporters tried to question and stop the officials. In the melee, some threw stones at ED vehicles. But the CRPF personnel resorted to a baton-charge and brought the situation under control.
“The whole day (Friday), he was questioned about his business. At 12.15am, he was shown a piece of paper by ED officers. Just 15 minutes later, he was arrested. The Rs 8.5 lakh seized can be found in any middle class home. And as for knowing Mallick, he knew him politically. This is nothing but a conspiracy,” Adhya’s wife Jyotsna said. She claimed an ED officer said her husband was held as Mallick “had taken his name”. Adhya, in judicial custody, is in hospital now.
ED later produced Adhya in a special PMLA court, which remanded him for 14 days. The ED’s counsel alleged that Adhya was directly linked to the ration scam and that its size “would touch at least Rs 10,000 crore”. The counsel claimed Adhya had helped Mallick launder his ill-gotten money through his Full-Fledged Money Changers (FFMC) business, and that call details revealed the two were in constant touch.
Adhya’s lawyer described the ED’s assertions as baseless and pointed out that his forex business was being run with licence from RBI, which would have taken action if it found violations. The PMLA judge remarked: “And we still say the state is poor.”

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