After he was arrested on Monday night, Enforcement Directorate today presented the businessman and owner of Nucleus Mall, Bishnu Agrawal in the Ranchi-based PMLA court and sought his remand for seven days.

In response, the PMLA court sent him to jail and fixed Wednesday as the date for hearing the ED’s plea for seven days of remand for interrogations.

Agrawal has been arrested in connection with ED’s money laundering probe linked to an alleged land fraud case in Jharkhand. In connection with the same case, ED has nabbed a number of people, including IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan who was Deputy Commissioner, Ranchi.

Bishnu Agarwal was arrested on Monday night under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The businessman was summoned for questioning and recording of his statement three times. On his third summon, he was grilled and arrested.

The money laundering case stems from an FIR of the state police that was filed against one Pradip Bagchi, based on a complaint of the Ranchi Municipal Corporation.

The alleged fraud pertains to a "racket of land mafia" that is active in Jharkhand. This mafia used to "forge the legacy records" in Kolkata and Ranchi, the ED has claimed. It alleged that based on the forged land records, land plots were sold to other persons.

ED said as many as 41 searches and five surveys were carried out by it as part of this investigation and its sleuths have seized "forged" seals of the land revenue department, land deeds, and records of the distribution of the "proceeds of crime" apart from some photographs depicting this alleged forgery, "evidence" of giving bribe to government officials etc.


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