Fertiliser import scam: ED arrests RJD MP Amarendra Dhari Singh
According to a top agency officer, RJD MP Amarendra Dhari Singh has been arrested in connection with the money laundering probe into the fertiliser import scandal involving the managing director of Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Limited (IFFCO) and others. Mr. Singh represents the RJD in the Rajya Sabha. The official stated, "He has been arrested in the fertiliser scam case."The ED is investigating IFFCO managing director U.S. Awasthi, Pravinder Singh Gahlaut, then managing director of Indian Potash Ltd. (IPL), and others, including Mr. Singh as the senior vice-president of Jyoti Trading Corporation, based on a First Information Report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against IFFCO managing director U.S. Awasthi, Pravinder Singh Gahlaut, then managing director of Indian Potash Ltd. (IPL), and (Dubai).Mr. Awasthi's sons Amol and Anupam, Mr. Gahlaut's son Vivek, Pankaj Jain of the Dubai-based Jyoti Group of Companies and Rare Earth Group, and his brother Sanjay Jain, president of Jyoti Trading Corporation, have all been named, as has Rajiv Saxena, who is also being investigated in the AgustaWestland case.In its case, the CBI claims that roughly Rs.685 crore in illicit commissions were collected through the bank accounts of Mr. Saxena's and others' companies. The Awasthi brothers and Mr. Vivek received the remaining cash, which was funnelled through Dubai-based Rare Earth Group. The defendants had also enlisted the help of hawala operators to conduct unlawful money transfers and money laundering.