Indore: The Indore sub-zonal office of Enforcement Directorate created history in July last year by cracking whip on money launders and filed six prosecution complaints (charge sheets) in one month in which 21 were made accused.
They include IAS officers, doctors, administrators and businessmen and four companies. The cases in which charge sheets were filed pertain to VYAPAM, Katni hawala and coal block scam. The accused included IAS officer couple Arvind and Tinu Joshi and others. In three cases, ED found that Rs 10.69 crore were laundered.
According to official statistics, ED filed prosecution complaint in gap of three to five days in July last year in four cities – Bhopal, Jabalpur, Indore and New Delhi. In Bhopal, it filed prosecution complaint against dismissed IAS officer-couple Arvind Joshi and Tinu Joshi.
In Jabalpur, case was filed against hawala transactions in Katni. Similarly, it filed cases in Indore against accused of sensational VYAPAM scam where two out of four accused are doctors – Dr Vinod Bhandari and Dr Jagdish Sagar. Other two accused are Dr Pankaj Trivedi and Nitin Mahindra, the then officers of VYAPAM.
The ED set up its sub-zonal office in the city in 2007 after receiving information that money laundering was going on a large scale in MP. Its biggest success so far is arrest one of the biggest economic offenders of country – Vijay Choudhary of Zoom Developers, accused of defrauding different banks to the tune of Rs 2,600 crore.