IAS Pooja Singhal Case: Prem Prakash was interrogated by ED, district officers also summoned

Pankaj Prasad
 IAS Pooja Singhal case
IAS Pooja Singhal case

ED questioned Prem Prakash, considered close to power.

Ranchi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned three DMOs of Kolhan division besides Prem Prakash alias PP, considered close to power. DMO Sanjay Sharma of East Singhbhum, Nishant of West Singhbhum and Sunny Kumar of Seraikela-Kharsawan were asked questions related to illegal mining in Kolhan area. ED has earlier questioned the district mining officials of Pakur, Dumka, Sahibganj and Ranchi. The ED has also summoned the DTOs of Pakur and Sahibganj and called them for questioning.

On Thursday, ED asked questions to Prem Prakash about his relationship with the bureaucrat. In the Pooja Singhal episode case, the ED had raided many places including Prem Prakash's Harmu, Argora on Wednesday. He was interrogated till late in the night. After this, he was directed to appear in the ED office for questioning on Thursday. In the light of this instruction, he reached the ED office in the morning itself.

He was questioned by ED officials in connection with his business, administrative and political ties. Apart from this, questions related to their financial condition were asked. ED wanted to know how his economic condition was before coming close to power and how it is at present. ED had also called Prem Prakash's landlord UK Jha. ED inquired from him about the rent received from Prem Prakash.

Also took information related to the activities of Prem Prakash. Earlier, in the light of the notice sent by the ED, on Thursday, District Mining Officer of East Singhbhum, Sanjay Sharma, Nishant Kumar of West Singhbhum and Sunny Kumar of Seraikela Kharsawan appeared for questioning.

The three officers reached the ED office in the same private vehicle. ED asked these officers questions related to their financial condition. After this, questions related to the rules and regulations related to mining of minor minerals were asked. Apart from this, questions related to legal and illegal mining in their area were asked to the concerned District Mining Officers. Questions related to the action taken in cases of illegal mining were also asked to the District Mining Officers. Suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal's husband Abhishek Jha also reached the ED office. However, he went back within an hour.

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