Pooja Singhal’s comfortable life as an IAS officer had crashed to pieces when ED had arrested her in money laundering case on May 11,2022.
More than six months later on December 3,2022, when suspended IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre Pooja Singhal remains inside high walls of the Birsa Munda Central jail in Ranchi, the more ED searches, the more it’s sleuths discover a dark underworld of her lies, fraud and corruption,according to information accessed by JharkhandStateNews.
Consider these layers of corruption crafted by Singhal who is the prime accused of money laundering of lakhs of rupees in India today.
During interrogation, she is learnt to have had told ED that her Charted Accountant Suman Kumar Singh had got one account opened in Bank of Baroda about which she was not aware.
However, ED sleuths found that in her ICICI account she had got Rs 61.50 lakh deposited during 2008-10 and 2010-2011.This was much more than her monthly salaries of the same period, ED inquiry is learnt to have revealed.
Responding to ED sleuths’ query, she had claimed that Rs 73.81 lakh was collected as “gift” on her children’s birth days. However,ED found that her claim was false.She did not even inform this in her submission before the state Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department.
ED investigation found that in her Bank of Baroda account which she had claimed was opened by CA Suman Kumar Singh by misusing her belief on him,had received Rs 12.61 lakh transferred by two companies - Radheshyam Explosives and Santosh Crusher.
Also, Pooja Singhal’s narrative that her CA Suman Kumar Singh had misused her ‘trust’ on him by opening Bank of Baroda account was falsified by another fact that she had got her insurance policy fund deposited in the same Bank of Baroda account.
The ED has attached properties worth Rs 82.77 crore of Pooja Singhal who is in jail. So is her CA Suman Kumar Singh.