Who’s who in the CBI and Enforcement Directorate probe net

The Indian Express looks at prominent leaders currently under investigation by CBI and ED, not counting cases that have already been committed to trial.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | Updated: May 19, 2017 11:14 am
orruption, money laundering case, chidamabaram, karti chidambaram, robert vadra, land scam, Virbhadra singh, ED, disproportionate assets, income-tax department, Ashok Chavan, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Digambar Kamat, Harish Rawat, Ashok Gehlot, rose valley scam. narada scam, adarsh cooperative society scam, adarsh scam, indian express news, india news Virbhadra Singh in Shimla in October 2015, shortly after a high court ruling had stayed his arrest until that November

Serving Congress chief minister

Virbhadra: old assets case and recent chargesheet

The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh is facing a CBI probe in a case of assets disproportionate to income. The CBI filed a case in September 2015 against Virbhadra and his wife Pratibha for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 10 crore during Virbhadra’s tenure as Union minister in the UPA regime. The CBI raided his residence last year and has questioned him extensively.

In March this a year, it filed a chargesheet in the case. Singh is also facing a probe by the income-tax department and the ED, which questioned Singh for nine hours in April and has attached his farmhouse in Delhi.

Former Congress chief ministers
Adarsh scam, ambulances and Haryana land cases

FIVE former chief ministers are being probed by the CBI or the ED in various cases.

Ashok Chavan

corruption, money laundering case, chidamabaram, karti chidambaram, robert vadra, land scam, Virbhadra singh, ED, disproportionate assets, income-tax department, Ashok Chavan, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Digambar Kamat, Harish Rawat, Ashok Gehlot, rose valley scam. narada scam, adarsh cooperative society scam, adarsh scam, indian express news, india news Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan (File Photo)

The former CM of Maharashtra is among the key accused in the housing scam relating to allotment of flats in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society. The CBI named Chavan in its FIR in December 2013, accusing him of approving a raised floor space index for the society in return for two flats for his relatives. He was also charged with illegally approving, as the then revenue minister, allotment of 40 per cent of the flats to civilians when the society had been built primarily for the benefit of war widows.

Chavan could not be prosecuted earlier as then governor K Sankarnarayanan refused to grant sanction. In February 2016, however, governor C Vidyasagar Rao gave the sanctions. It was challenged by Chavan but Bombay High Court recently ruled in favour of the CBI, clearing the way for the former CM’s prosecution.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

corruption, money laundering case, chidamabaram, karti chidambaram, robert vadra, land scam, Virbhadra singh, ED, disproportionate assets, income-tax department, Ashok Chavan, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Digambar Kamat, Harish Rawat, Ashok Gehlot, rose valley scam. narada scam, adarsh cooperative society scam, adarsh scam, indian express news, india news Former Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda  (File Photo)

The former chief minister of Haryana is facing a probe by the CBI in two cases of alleged corruption. One relates to alleged grabbing of 400 acres land in Manesar by private builders, enabled by certain land use notifications issued by Hooda’s government. The second relates to allotment of land to Associate Journals, the publisher of the National Herald newspaper owned by the Gandhi family, in Panchkula.

The CBI has alleged that Hooda caused a loss of Rs 65 crore to the government by not allotting the land at market rate. In both cases, registered in the last couple of years, the CBI has conducted a number of raids including at Hooda’s residence. He has also been questioned by the agency in both cases. The Enforcement Directorate too is probing the cases through two separate FIRs. It has questioned Congress leader Motilal Vora in connection with the AJL land allotment case.

Digambar Kamat

corruption, money laundering case, chidamabaram, karti chidambaram, robert vadra, land scam, Virbhadra singh, ED, disproportionate assets, income-tax department, Ashok Chavan, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Digambar Kamat, Harish Rawat, Ashok Gehlot, rose valley scam. narada scam, adarsh cooperative society scam, adarsh scam, indian express news, india news Former Chief Minister of Goa Digambar Kamat (File Photo)

The former CM of Goa is facing an ED probe since 2015 in the Louise Berger scam from Kamat’s tenure, during when bribes were allegedly paid by the company to politicians and bureaucrats in Goa to bag a multi-billion-dollar water and sewerage project. The ED has attached properties worth close to Rs 2 crore belonging to Kamat and NCP leader Churchill Alemao in the case.

Harish Rawat

corruption, money laundering case, chidamabaram, karti chidambaram, robert vadra, land scam, Virbhadra singh, ED, disproportionate assets, income-tax department, Ashok Chavan, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Digambar Kamat, Harish Rawat, Ashok Gehlot, rose valley scam. narada scam, adarsh cooperative society scam, adarsh scam, indian express news, india news Former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat (File Photo)

The CBI registered a preliminary inquiry on April 29, 2016, to probe a video purportedly showing Rawat offering bribes to rebel Congress MLAs in exchange for their support in an assembly floor test that year. The CBI has questioned Rawat a number of times.

Ashok Gehlot (with Sachin Pilot & others)

In 2015, the CBI took over the probe in an ambulance scam case of Rajasthan and re-registered the FIR of the state police naming former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, former Union minister Sachin Pilot, Karti Chidambaram (son of P Chidambaram) and Ravi Krishna (son of former Union minister Vayalar Ravi) among the accused. The case pertains to the operation of an 108 Ambulance service by Ziqitza Healthcare in the state.

The CBI and the ED have alleged that the tender, during Gehlot’s tenure as CM, was tailor-made for the company which also submitted exaggerated invoices and made illegal gains to tune of Rs 23 crore. The ED has already attached assets of over Rs 11 crore in the case.

Trinamool Congress leaders
From Saradha to Narada via Rose Valley: chit funds, sting, arrests

A number of top leaders of the Trinamool Congress are facing some probe or the other by the CBI and the ED. Most of these leaders are accused or under scrutiny in three major cases: the Rs-2,500-crore Saradha chit fund scam, the Rs-17,000-crore Rose Valley chit fund scam and the Narada sting operation case.

 corruption, money laundering case, chidamabaram, karti chidambaram, robert vadra, land scam, Virbhadra singh, ED, disproportionate assets, income-tax department, Ashok Chavan, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Digambar Kamat, Harish Rawat, Ashok Gehlot, rose valley scam. narada scam, adarsh cooperative society scam, adarsh scam, indian express news, india news Sudip Bandyopadhyay in January this year, shortly before his arrest in the Rose Valley chit fund case

In the Saradha scam, the CBI arrested West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s close aide Madan Mitra, then sports and transport minister, in 2014. This was followed by the arrests of Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose and party vice-president Rajat Majumdar. Apart from them, many prominent leaders, including former railway minister Mukul Roy, have been questioned by the CBI.

In the Rose Valley chit fund scam, MP Tapas Paul was arrested in December last year and MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay on January 4 this year.

The Narada sting pertains to a video in which Trinamool Congress leaders were seen allegedly taking cash. The CBI has named 13 party leaders including Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs Saugata Roy, Aparupa Poddar, Sultan Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, and West Bengal ministers including Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, Environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee, and Panchayati Raj & Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee, besides former minister Mitra and MLA Iqbal Ahmed.

While a number of chargesheets have been filed in the Saradha and the Rose Valley scams, investigations in all three cases continue. The ED has attached assets to the tune of several crores in the two chit fund scams.

Congress heavyweights & their relatives
Chidambaram’s son, Sonia’s son-in-law

Former Congress Union ministers and the son of one are being probed by the CBI and ED, besides a company linked to the son-in-law of the Congress president:

Karti Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram raid, chidambaram ED case, Enforcement Directorate, INX Media, INX Media case, money laundering, indian express news, india news Karti Chidambaram in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI photo

The Chidambarams 

Former finance minister P Chidambaram has not been named in any FIR filed by either the CBI or the ED although deals approved by him during his tenure are under investigation. The ED, however, recently named Chidambaram in a press statement as being under probe in connection with the Aircel-Maxis deal for the sale of Aircel stakes to Maxis. Both the CBI and the ED are largely probing the role played in these deals by his son Karti Chidambaram.

The cases pertain to Foreign Investment Promotion Board approval given to the Aircel-Maxis deal and to INX Media for foreign direct investment. Both agencies have conducted searches on premises linked to Karti. The ED has also issued a showcause notice to Karti for forex violation of Rs 45 crore in the Vasan Healthcare case.

Robert Vadra

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Skylight Hospitality, a company associated with Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is at the centre of investigations by the ED in the Bikaner land scam case. The case pertains to alleged illegal allotment of 1,327 bighas of land in Kolayat, Bikaner, to various individuals and companies. Though the ED FIR does not mention Vadra or the company’s name, it has summoned representatives of his company for questioning several times. In April, it raided the premises of Vadra’s close aide Mahesh Nagar, Skylight’s promoter.

Shankarsinh Vaghela

In June 2015, the CBI booked the former Union textile minister in connection with irregular transfer of prime mill land in Mumbai to a private developer, which allegedly led to a loss of around Rs 709.27 crore to the National Textile Corporation. The agency had then conducted searches at Vaghela’s residence and recovered Rs 13.33 lakh in cash. The ED too has registered a case of money laundering in the matter. Both agencies are probing the cases.

Matang Sinh

The former Congress Union minister — he served during the 1990s — was arrested by the CBI in January 2015 in connection with his alleged involvement in the Saradha scam. Sinh was probed for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds relating to Saradha Realty, one of the group companies. The agency filed a chargesheet in the case last year.

The regional leaders
Jagan in south, BJD in east, Sisodia in capital

BESIDES top TMC leaders in Bengal, leaders of three regional parties — two of these ruling in their states — are under probe.

AAP leaders in Delhi 

The CBI is probing various regular cases and preliminary enquiries (PEs) against AAP ministers and MLAs. Prominent among these is a case against Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. The CBI has opened a PE against Sisodia in connection with alleged irregularities in the ‘Talk to AK’ campaign. Another major PE is against Health Minister Satyendra Jain who is facing allegations of money laundering. A case is also being probed with regard to his daughter being made in charge of mohalla clinics. The agency is also probing a case against suspended MLA Amnatullah Khan for alleged irregularities in the functioning of the Delhi Waqf Board.

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Y S Jaganmohan Reddy

In an FIR registered in 2011, the CBI has alleged investments were made by various companies in Jaganmohan’s firms as quid pro quo for various favours bestowed on them during the tenure of his late father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy as CM of Andhra Pradesh between 2004 and 2009.

Favours included land allotments, licences etc, the CBI has alleged, accusing Jagan of misusing the office of his late father. The central probe agency has filed 11 chargesheets in connection with the cases and the trial is on in a CBI court. The ED continues to investigate the cases and has so far attached assets worth over Rs 1,000 crore.

BJD leaders in Odisha

The party’s legislators came under the scanner of the CBI recently in the Rs-1,000-crore Seashore chit fund scam. In January this year, the agency raided the office and residential premises of BJD MP R K Jena (pictured) and MLA Pravat Biswal as part of searches conducted across 25 places in Odisha and elsewhere. Both are being probed for alleged financial dealings with the chit fund company.

BJP & allies
Illegal mining, Vyapam scam and drugs trade

A few leaders of the BJP (one of them formerly with the Congress) and one of an ally are under investigation in CBI or ED cases.

Gali Janardhana Reddy

The former minister in the B S Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka was arrested by the CBI in 2011 for illegal mining in Bellary. The CBI has filed chargesheets in six cases against him, some committed to trial and the others under investigation. Reddy was released on bail in 2015 after spending over three years in jail. The ED had attached properties worth over Rs 900 crore but the court released these.

Laxmikant Sharma

A former technical education minister in the BJP government in MP, he is among the key accused in the Vyapam scam relating to cheating in entrance examinations. The CBI, which took over the case from a special task force, has filed an FIR against the minister and other accused. It has questioned him and conducted searches on premises connected to him but is yet to chargesheet him.

Himanta Biswa Sarma

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An Assam minister formerly with the Congress and now with the BJP, he has been questioned by the CBI in connection with the Saradha scam and his association with group chairman Sudipta Sen. In 2014, the CBI searched Sarma’s Guwahati home apart from visiting the office of NewsLive, a TV channel run by his wife Riniki. There has been no recent development in the probe against Sarma.

Bikram Singh Majithia

Majithia, an SAD minister during the previous NDA regime in Punjab, was questioned by the ED in December 2014 after his name cropped up in the probe into a Rs-6,000-crore international synthetic drug racket. Jagdish Bhola, a dismissed DSP arrested in 2013 for alleged involvement in the racket, alleged in court that it was being run under the minister’s patronage and the full knowledge of the state police.

An ED officer, transferred after he had sent Majithia a summons, was retained the high court intervened. The investigation is still on; no recent questioning of Majithia has taken place. The ED is currently questioning Jagdish Chahal, a pharmaceutical company owner.

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    Roby Mani
    May 19, 2017 at 9:40 pm
    How come no enquiries against Modi, jaitley and Amit Shah. The triad is as or more corrupt than teh ones mentioned in the list. One is sure about this as it is revealed by the amounts being spent on the high profile election campaigns being organised by the BJP and its party men.
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      Truth
      May 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm
      These politicians may be in the "NET" but it doesn't take too long for them to be out of the "NET"..........and why are Gadkari and Vasundhara Raje out of the net when their dispro.portionate as.sets are running into 1000s of crores ?
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        sapan
        May 19, 2017 at 2:23 pm
        All pseudo-sickular parties have been exposed, they have been looting India in w else by now India would have been better than China and comparable to so-called developed countries. Shame on people who vote for these parties.
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          Satish
          May 19, 2017 at 10:25 am
          This story looks like your reporter walked into CBI office and caught hold of a log book of CBI and copy pasted the cases registered against biggies in your newspapers. Do you call this reporting? What lower than low standards of reporting. Sad to see such a b stooping low with such quality of reporters.
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            Damodar Biswal
            May 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm
            Is there any thing wrong with the report,sir.I think IE has done a good job by publishing the names of the cheaters who r under the CBI n ED scan.
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              Sham
              May 19, 2017 at 1:24 pm
              I think it is a good idea that this newspaper has given these details to the readers. Specially the Congress & Mamta party's leaders have been looting India shamelessly. Interessing thing is, they always cry Vendetta, when the Central Agencies start an investigation. I only wish that such probes should be completed within one year maximum.
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              praveen kmr
              May 19, 2017 at 7:53 am
              BothED and CBI are regularly used by the parties in power and the other factors are insufficient and also some unethical officers in these bodies. These bodies lack autonomy and there is a great role of the govt in appointments and transfers. Autonomous bodies with sufficient & efficient manpower only can ensure fair transparent and timely probe and courts are very much convenient with the snail speed of the enquiries. HC at Hyderabad once ordered probe against former CM, he managed the body and CBI said: right now we don't have enough staff to probe the case, meanwhile they get the staff, managed the judiciary of the other bench of the same HC to get stay, why I have mentioned this specific case of former escaping CM is that you don't have a complete list here and these are not the only ones who made illegal gains, these at least have cases, that will restrain their activity to some extent but there are lot more who are free to fly ...... need AUTONOMOUS BODY AND TIME BOUND COURTS
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                K NAGARAJA
                May 19, 2017 at 6:55 am
                Entire country knows about the looting NETAS and BABUS,Though there are cased booked by the Law Enforcing Authorities ,the cases run for decades and meanwhile they do not hesitate to further loot the Nation.See the example of Jayalalitha agaist who court verdict came after her death. Nathas buy power and go on looting spree,unchecked by insufficient provisions in Law.There should be special courts to take up such cases to settle them with in a specific time frame.Bihar,s Lalu Prasad's Fodder Scam is still pending for decades and he is still ac ulating unaccounted wealth gaining Power through resorting to unlawful methods in Elections. Similarly Jagan in A.P though indulged in Criminal and financial offences is eagerly waiting for power.Both these Netas are on bail.The Govt.should appoint Judges and enough manpower in ED/CBI to expidite investigations and judgements in a specific time frame to check corruption in higher places.
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                  Damodar Biswal
                  May 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm
                  Despite cases n out on bail Lalu wants to enjoy power n our system has been very kind to him.After conviction in the fodder scam one expected him to remain clean n give up politics.But it seems that he can not live without power n cheating.So,unless he n people like him r punished people will have no regard for the laws of the land.
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                  l s
                  May 19, 2017 at 6:27 am
                  Cases, chargesheets etc etc. How many are in jails ????? Courts giving 6 to 8 months for next hearing. What a tamasha by our justice system. There are many more routes for these people to escape. How come Subroto's cases were finished in a short time, while all these bigwigs cases will never be decided in their life-time. Courts must be waiting for them to die one by one before final judgements. JAI HO INDIAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
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                    Avinash
                    May 19, 2017 at 6:07 am
                    CBI looks like is an equal opportunity law enforcement agency going after every one regardless of their party affiliation. Hey Diggy babu, how come no Muslim on this list. Now that my friend is tyranny of majoritarians. ???? !!!!!
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