ED arrests CA amid searches tied to J’khand MGNREGA scam

RANCHI: The enforcement directorate (ED) arrested on Saturday chartered accountant Suman Kumar Singh, known to be close to Jharkhand mines secretary Pooja Singhal who has been accused of having a hand in a MGNREGA funds scam in Khunti district. Around Rs 18.06 crore was allegedly embezzled between July 2006 and March 2010 in the district.
ED teams were searching properties of Singhal and her associates across the country since Friday. Multiple searches were carried out at about 20 places in Jharkhand and other states.
The CA was picked up after the agency seized cash amounting to Rs 17.60 crore from his flat at Hanuman Nagar in Ranchi. Singh is the CA of Singhal’s husband Abhishek Jha.
A blame game has erupted between the opposition BJP and JMM following the ED’s action in the MGNREGA scam that, according to documents assessed by TOI, happened in Khunti during a period of political instability when governments changed frequently in the state.

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