ED Arrests Jharkhand Minister Alamgir Alam’s Aide After Cash Seizure

Maharanee Kumari
ED Arrests Jharkhand Minister Alamgir Alam Aide After Cash Seizure
ED Arrests Jharkhand Minister Alamgir Alam Aide After Cash Seizure

Investigations unfold as the Enforcement Directorate arrests individuals linked to a Jharkhand minister after a massive cash seizure.

In a dramatic turn of events, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Sanjeev Lal, the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Jharkhand government minister Alamgir Alam, along with his domestic help Jahangir Alam following a raid. The operation, conducted from Monday morning till late at night, resulted in the startling discovery of a staggering Rs 35.23 crore in cash at Jahangir Alam's residence. Notably, during the raid, five cash counting machines were deployed, with one reportedly sustaining damage in the process.

The revelation has sparked widespread scrutiny, particularly considering the modest salary of Alam Gir's personal secretary's servant, reportedly pegged at Rs 15,000. Questions regarding the source of such a substantial sum have surfaced, prompting a thorough investigation by the authorities. Leaders from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have swiftly criticized the India alliance over the unfolding scandal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing an election rally in Nabarangpur, Odisha, on Monday, underscored the Jharkhand cash scandal as he targeted the India Alliance.

The viral video depicting the cache of banknotes has ignited a storm on social media, with many questioning the origins of such vast wealth allegedly found at the servant's residence. Minister Alamgir Alam, when pressed by journalists for clarification on the staggering amount, remained evasive, citing the ongoing ED investigation and refraining from further comment.

This incident follows closely on the heels of a similar cash seizure by the Income Tax Department during a raid at the premises of Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand, Dheeraj Sahu. The recovery of over Rs 300 crore in cash during the extended operation stirred nationwide attention, casting doubt on the leadership of Congress. Despite mounting queries, Congress leadership remained silent on the matter, failing to address concerns surrounding Dheeraj Sahu's involvement.