In a significant development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Ranu Sahu, a 2010 batch Chhattisgarh-cadre IAS officer, in connection with an alleged coal levy case in Raipur. The arrest comes a day after the central agency conducted raids at her premises as part of its investigation into a money laundering case.
ED’s lawyer, Saurabh Pandey, confirmed that Sahu was arrested in relation to the coal levy case and has been produced in court for the hearing of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases. She is the second IAS officer from Chhattisgarh to be arrested in connection with this case.
Currently serving as the director of the state agriculture department, Ranu Sahu previously held the post of collector in the coal-rich districts of Korba and Raigarh. The ED had earlier conducted raids at her residence in Raipur and had attached her assets as part of its ongoing probe into the alleged coal levy case.
The investigation is part of a broader inquiry into an alleged coal levy and liquor scam in Chhattisgarh, which has led to the arrest of several prominent bureaucrats, politicians, and individuals associated with them. Sameer Vishnoi, a 2009 batch IAS officer, was arrested in connection with the same case last year.
The ED’s pursuit of this case aims to uncover any potential money laundering activities and ascertain the extent of any illegal practices related to the coal levy and liquor scam in the state. The agency is leaving no stone unturned to bring those involved in any wrongdoing to justice.
As the investigation progresses, more details are likely to emerge, shedding light on the alleged scam and those implicated in it. The arrest of Ranu Sahu adds another dimension to the unfolding investigation and highlights the ED’s determination to uncover the truth behind the alleged financial irregularities in Chhattisgarh’s coal and liquor sectors.
Sources By Agencies