Raipur: M L Pandey has moved Chhattisgarh High Court to challenge the summon of Enforcement Directorate (ED). To be noted, Pandey is facing the charge of amassing ill-gotten assets while in working in the Social Welfare Department of Chhattisgarh government. The Single Bench Judge comprising Justice N K Vyas will conduct final hearing on the petition filled by Pandey on September 16.
According to information, the ACB and the EOW had carried out a raid at the residence of Additional Director, Social Welfare Department, Raipur, M L Pandey in February, 2017 and unearthed assets disproportionate to his actual income. Pandey and his family could not able to give clarification on the ill-gotten assets surfaced during the raid. Later, the case turned out to be money laundering and handed over to the ED. The ED had summoned Pandey and his family for questioning. Pandey challenged the summon of the ED in the High Court.
Rs 1000 crore money laundering in social welfare department
On behalf of Kundan Singh Thakur of Raipur, advocate Devarshi Thakur had filed a petition in the High Court. The petition carried the name of six IAS officers such as Alok Shukla, Vivek Dhand, M L Raut, Sunil Kujur, B L Agrawal and P P Soti along with Satish Pandey, Rajesh Tiwari, Ashok Tiwari, Harman Khalkho, M L Pandey and Pankaj Verma who, according to the petition, committed Rs 1000 crore scam through fake ‘State Resource Centre (SRC) (State Resource Nishakt Jan Sansthan). The High Court had asked the CBI to file a FIR in the case and investigate further.
IAS M K Raut and Vivek Dhand had challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court following which the apex court had put a stay on the High Court order.