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The Enforcement Directorate has arrested Pranav Kumar Ghosh on 6 August in the Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited (SMVSSL) case. He is accused of being involved in a big scam called ‘Srijan Scam’, in which government money has been diverted to various bank accounts of SMVSSL. The amount involved in the scam is more than Rs 500 crore.
Pranav Kumar Ghosh was a close associate of late Manorama Devi, the founder of SMVSSL. He conspired with various government officials, bank officials, private persons and other members to transfer government money to the accounts of Srijan and the said account was used for the benefit of all the conspirators. SMVSSL with the help of bank officials opened various bank accounts in Bank of Baroda, Indian Bank and Bhagalpur Sahakari Bank. Further, after conspiring with government officials, the amount lying in the District Land Acquisition Office, Indira Awas Yojana, District Welfare Scheme etc. was transferred to the account of creation. In furtherance of the conspiracy, the money received from Srijan was misused for purchase of flats and other immovable properties in Ghaziabad, Pune, Patna, Bhagalpur etc.
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The ED started the money laundering probe based on the FIR registered by CBI Delhi. During the course of investigation, it was revealed that the said accused has acquired movable and immovable property from the proceeds of the offence. After preliminary inquiry, two attachment orders of Rs 18 crore were issued for attachment of assets worth Rs. In which 32 flats, 18 shops, 38 plots and houses, 47 bank accounts, one car and one Scorpio vehicle are included.
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During the entire investigation Pranav Kumar Ghosh remained non-cooperative and did not comply with the summons issued by the investigating agency. Therefore, citing Section 19 of PMLA, 2002 has been arrested on 6th August. The Honorable Special PMLA Court has given his five-day custody to the ED. Further investigation is on.