West Bengal coal mining case, ED makes 3rd arrest

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) announced on Friday that it had detained a person in connection with an illegal coal mining money laundering case in West Bengal.  This is the case's third arrest. Two West Bengal Police Department officers were previously arrested and a charge sheet was filed against them in 2021.

According to a top Enforcement Directorate official, Gurupada Maji was arrested under section 19(1) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Maji was brought before Rouse Avenue Court by the ED on Friday. He was sentenced to a seven-day prison custody by the court.

"He is a business partner of Anup Majee, the kingpin of West Bengal's illegal coal mining industry. Maji has received more than Rs 66 crore from Majee and his friends as profits of crime from the illegal coal mining activity. He also paid a Kolkata-based chartered accountant Rs 26 crore in cash to set up shell firms for the purpose of obtaining accommodation entries "said an official from the Department of Education.

Maji had obtained 13 shell businesses with the help of the above-mentioned Kolkata-based CA, according to the official.

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