The Enforcement Directorate (ED) late on Wednesday night arrested Jharkhand Rural Development Department Chief Engineer Virendra K Ram in a money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the implementation of some schemes, officials said.
Mr. Ram was detained under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after a lengthy interrogation session at the agency’s office in Jharkhand’s capital, Ranchi.
The agency picked it up on February 21 after launching multiple searches in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and some other places in Jharkhand, Bihar and Delhi.
Official sources said he was “disgusting” in his answers and the ED will take him into custodial interrogation after he is produced in a local court on Thursday.
The agency has also seized some luxury cars and SUVs from different places, officials said.
The money laundering case arose out of a complaint by the State Vigilance Bureau regarding alleged payment of certain commissions in lieu of government work grants and a related case of alleged possession of disproportionate assets.