The Enforcement Directorate has filed five more cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against companies in different parts of the country in connection with its probe into the coal blocks allocation scam.
The five fresh cases have been filed by the ED against firms based in Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Delhi, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh, ED sources said. Sources added that the ED would begin issuing summons to executives and owners of these firms to record their statements. Assets of these firms could also be attached by the ED, sources said.
The fresh cases were registered after ED took cognizance of regular cases filed earlier against the companies by the CBI. Financial documents of these firms were secured from CBI and scrutinised prior to the cases being filed. These five raise the number of PMLA cases registered in the coal scam to 40.