ED Files Charge Sheet in Delhi Jal Board Money Laundering Case

Money Laundering Case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a charge sheet on Saturday against a former Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Chief Engineer, a contractor, a CA, and a former NBCC officer in the Delhi Jal Board money laundering case. The case pertains to alleged corruption in the tendering process for flow metre procurement.

The charge sheet, spanning 140 pages and supported by 8000 pages of documents, was submitted before Special Judge Bhupinder Singh. The judge has scheduled consideration of the charge sheet for April 1.

The accused individuals named in the charge sheet are Jagdish Arora, Anil Kumar Agarwal, Tejendra Pal Singh (a close aide of Arora), and former NBCC officer Devender Mittal. Additionally, a firm named NKG is also implicated in the case.

Arora, a former Chief Engineer of the Delhi Jal Board, and Agarwal, a contractor, have both been apprehended by the probe agency.

The ED has identified NKG as an accused entity in the case. However, the firm’s director is deceased, hence not directly implicated.

The prosecution, represented by the Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) along with Snehal Sharda and Ishan Baisla, argued that the case involves money laundering. They highlighted that a charge sheet has been filed against four individuals.

The prosecution further alleged that Devender Mittal, the former NBCC officer, issued a certificate to NBCC, which facilitated NKG in securing the tender. Mittal’s travel expenses were allegedly borne by NKG based on fake documentation.

The ED disclosed ongoing investigations and cited the existence of a note sheet, lacking signatures, which was circulated among DJB officials and others.

According to the agency, proceeds of crime amounting to Rs 6.36 crore have been identified. Among these, Rs 56 lakh was allegedly transferred by Tejendra Pal Singh to Arora.

The ED contends that the accused individuals awarded a contract to M/S NKG Infrastructure Ltd for the supply, installation, testing, and commissioning (SITC) of electromagnetic flow metres and related operations, despite the company not meeting technical criteria.

It is alleged by the federal agency that the accused received illegal gratification amounting to Rs. 3 crore from M/S NKG Infrastructure Limited and M/S Integral Screws Industries, in exchange for awarding the contract worth Rs 38 crores to M/s NKG Infrastructure Ltd. Subsequently, NKG Infrastructure Ltd subcontracted the work to M/S Integral Screws Industries, owned by Anil Kumar Agarwal.

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