Retired Chhattisgarh IAS Officer Anil Tuteja Arrested in Liquor Scam
Retired Chhattisgarh IAS Officer Anil Tuteja Arrested in Liquor Scam

Raipur: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested retired Chhattisgarh IAS officer Anil Tuteja in connection with an alleged liquor scam-linked money laundering case in the state, official sources reported on Sunday.

According to the sources, the federal agency detained the 2003 batch officer from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW)/Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) office in Raipur on Saturday. Tuteja and his son Yash Tuteja had gone to record their statement in the same case. The IAS officer was later taken into custody under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and is expected to be produced before a magistrate seeking his remand.

Tuteja retired from service last year. The ED had filed a fresh money laundering case in the alleged liquor scam case after the Supreme Court recently quashed its earlier FIR, which was based on an Income Tax Department complaint.

The agency shared details of its probe in the case with the state EOW/ACB, seeking registration of an FIR. Once the FIR was filed, the ED registered a new money laundering case, taking note of that complaint.

According to the ED, money was "illegally" collected from "every" bottle of liquor sold in Chhattisgarh. The agency alleged that evidence of "unprecedented" corruption and money laundering of Rs 2,000 crore was generated by an alcohol syndicate led by Anwar Dhebar, the elder brother of Raipur Mayor Anwar Dhebar.

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