Odisha Hospital fire: ED registers PMLA case

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Bhubaneswar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against the authorities of the SUM hospital and the charitable trust running it after 25 people were killed in a massive fire last week here.

The agency’s zonal office here has booked a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act to examine the finances of the ‘Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust’ (SOA) that runs several institutions including the SUM hospital where the incident had occurred, officials said.

They said the agency has obtained a number of financial documents from the local police and banks and will soon issue summons to those running the trusts and owning the hospital.

“The ED has registered a criminal case based on the FIRs filed by the local police into the incident that occurred last week and claimed the lives of 25 people,” they said.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) came into picture after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money directed it to look into the angle of possible and alleged money laundering of funds by the hospital.

Hospital owner Manoj Ranjan Nayak has been arrested by the police.

The Odisha government has ordered an inquiry into the fire incident under Commission of Enquiry Act of 1952 and appointed the RDC A B Otta as its commissioner.

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