The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested RJD Rajya Sabha MP Amarendra Dhari Singh in connection with a money laundering case probe associated to an alleged fertiliser scam, officials said on Thursday
They said the Member of Parliament (MP) and businessman has been arrested under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The case pertains to an alleged fertiliser scam linked to the IFFCO and India Potash Limited (IPL), in which the CBI had registered a corruption case last month. Dhari is stated to be the senior vice president of a firm involved in the case, identified as Jyoti Trading Corporation.
A brief on Fertilizer Scam: The Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Limited (IFFCO) is a multi-state farmers' cooperative while Indian Potash Limited (IPL) is its company involved in supplying fertilisers for which the government provides subsidies. The CBI registered an FIR based on two complaints forwarded by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers carrying identical allegations from MP Nishikant Dubey and Sudish Tripathi of Bareilly. It stated that IFFCO managing director US Awasthi and IPL managing director PS Gahlaut imported fertilisers at highly inflated rates from 2007 to 2014 as part of a "criminal conspiracy" to claim higher subsidies.