The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked a Kolkata-based businessman Amit Agarwal and Kolkata Police officials against Rajeev Kumar, a lawyer based in Ranchi, for allegedly representing a petitioner in two PILs. An FIR has been filed for filing a false case. Jharkhand High Court demanding CBI and ED probe against Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
The FIR was registered on November 30 after conducting a preliminary investigation on the directions of the Jharkhand High Court. Apart from Agarwal, the central agency named “unidentified Kolkata Police officials” and “unidentified others” as accused in the FIR registered in Delhi, according to agency officials.
Agarwal had registered the case at Kolkata’s Hare Street police station on July 31 last year against Rajeev Kumar and Shiv Shankar Sharma, who are petitioners in two PILs against Soren. The complaint was that Kumar demanded a bribe. ₹10 crore to get a PIL against a local business in the Jharkhand High Court
Kumar was picked up and arrested by the Kolkata Police on the same day. ₹50 lakhs from Agarwal.
The CBI in its FIR said it was a trap and Agarwal used the services of another person, Sonu Agarwal, to trap the lawyer.
The investigation further revealed that the information provided by Amit Agarwal to the Hare Street Police Station was false and that Rajeev Kumar was lured and bribed with the intention of interfering with the judicial process. Contrary to the allegations made in the complaint to Hare Street PS, it was Amit Agarwal who called Rajeev Kumar to Kolkata through Sonu Agarwal and offered the money. “Moreover, the conversations recorded by Agarwal (with Rajeev Kumar) also do not reveal any threat of extortion by Rajeev Kumar,” the CBI said in its preliminary investigation (PE), which An FIR was registered on January 18 based on
It added that “Amit Agarwal had called Rajeev Kumar to Kolkata and made him an offer. ₹50 lakh public servants to persuade them to drop the PIL.
The CBI also alleged that Agarwal tried to influence the lawyer in connection with the PIL against Soren through the then Deputy Commissioner of Ranchi in March 2022.
Sharma, representing Kumar, filed two PILs in October 2021 and February 2022, seeking legal action against Soren for owning the mining lease (which is against the revenue office legislation). ) and demanded a CBI and ED probe into Surin’s alleged money laundering. Family through shell companies run by Agarwal and others.
While the Jharkhand High Court declared the two PILs actionable, the Supreme Court set aside the order on November 7 last year due to the petitioner’s lack of “documents” and allegations based on “half-baked” truth.
By this time, the ED had recorded an Enforcement Complaint Information Report (ECIR) on August 10, 2022, using Hare Street Police Station’s FIR as the predicate offence, and initiated a money laundering investigation, which Both Agarwal and Kumar were made accused in the case. Subsequently, both Kumar and Agarwal were arrested in this case. Both are currently out on bail.
In its first prosecution complaint filed in the special PMLA court in Ranchi on October 14, the ED also said it was Agarwal who lured Kumar to take the money.
Agarwal approached the Jharkhand High Court on October 18, seeking quashing of the ECIR filed by the ED and declaring his detention invalid and illegal. He also sought an independent inquiry into the ECIR by an SIT headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge, alleging that the case against him was to divert the investigation and shield the accused in the Hare Street case. There is an effort.
Disposing of the petition, a bench of Justice Sanjay Dwivedi dismissed the first two pleas, while the court allowed the petitioner’s third prayer (of an independent inquiry) and directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary investigation within two weeks. .
Based on the PE, the CBI registered a case on January 18 and also conducted searches on January 19 at locations linked to Agarwal in West Bengal and Jharkhand, officials said in the first instance.