As per reports, the raids are underway at Barbil in Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Rourkela and Bhubaneswar. Two teams containing more than 20 ED officials arrived in Rourkela from Bhubaneswar and Ranchi at 8am on Friday morning and started the raids.
The senior BJD leader is now under the radar over alleged financial irregularities at Barapada Engineering College in Bhadrak. A team of ED officials is likely to quiz Samal regarding the allegations of financial mismanagement and irregularities.
The sources said that Kejriwal has been asked to appear before ED on March 4.
Political leaders and administrative officers of Odisha who are involved in the case and who have used me as a medium to hide their own wrongdoings will be dragged to the court said the blackmailing case accused Archana Nag after coming out from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.
Are tainted Odisha ministers now on the radar of the Enforcement Directorate? After Delhi, Jharkhand and Bihar, seems Odisha is next in the list of the probe agency.
The financial probe agency's complaint alleged that Kejriwal intentionally did not want to obey the summons and kept on giving “lame excuses.”
The central probe agency conducted simultaneous raids at 10 places linked to Bhandaripokhari MLA Prafulla Samal -- six places in Bhadrak town and four places in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters, Opposition Chief Whip and BJP MLA, Mohan Majhi said, “There are corruptions in Odisha and it was earlier said that the ED would intervene at an appropriate time. The ED never hesitates to take action against the corrupt politicians and officials.”
Two high-end SUVs of the honey trap case accused, Archana Nag that were seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) during its investigation into the money laundering allegations are soon to be auctioned.
About 10-12 premises in the national capital are being covered as part of the raids being undertaken under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED, on Wednesday, issued a fresh summon to Kejriwal, and he was told to appear before the central probe agency on Friday. That was the fifth summon issued to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor.
Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren was on Friday remanded to five days' Enforcement Directorate custody by a special PMLA court here in connection with a money laundering case linked to an alleged land fraud, lawyers said.
A Bench presided over by Chief Justice of India (CJI), DY Chandrachud, agreed to list the matter for hearing on Friday (February 2) after a mention was made on Soren’s behalf by senior advocate Kapil Sibal.
In a day of fast-moving developments, Soren went to the Raj Bhavan to tender his resignation to the Governor, while members of the ruling coalition selected senior JMM leader and Transport Minister Champai Soren to succeed him.
The ED's contention was made in an affidavit filed in response to Fernandez's plea seeking quashing of an FIR against her in the money laundering case allegedly involving Chandrasekhar.