New Delhi, Mar 22 (ILNS) A Delhi Court today sent Vikas Mishra, brother of Trinamool Congress (AITC) youth leader Vinay Mishra, to judicial custody till April 4 in a money laundering case registered against him regarding the coal mining scam.
Special CBI Judge Anurag Sen passed the order after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) did not seek Mishra’s further custodial remand. He was produced before the court at the end of his six-day custodial remand.
Advocates Neeraj Shekhar, Ashutosh Thakur and Abhishek Pandey represented Mishra, while Special Public Prosecutor Naveen Kumar Matta appeared for the ED. Earlier on March 16, the court had sent Mehra to six days custodial remand of the ED. Special CBI Judge Ajay Gulati passed the orders, after Mishra was produced before it.
“I find that the custodial interrogation of the accused Vikas Mishra is necessary to unearth the conspiracy, to trace the proceeds of the crime and confront the accused with other witnesses/documents/evidences,” the court said, while sending Mishra to six days police custody remand of the ED.
Special Public Prosecutors (SPPs) Naveen Kumar Matta and Nitesh Rana, appearing for the ED, argued that 14 days custodial remand is necessary to confront the accused with various evidences, documents and witnesses.
The SPPs further argued that the probe is at a crucial stage and a number of witnesses are yet to be examined.
The Enforcement Directorate had said on Thursday said it has attached an asset of Vinay and Vikas in a money-laundering case linked to alleged cross-border cattle smuggling. It said a provisional order for attachment of an immovable property located in Kolkata has been issued by it under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The two are being probed both by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in this case. Their role is also being investigated by the two Central agencies in an illegal coal mining and pilferage case.
ED had claimed that the brothers received “proceeds of crime worth Rs 730 crore on behalf of some influential persons and for themselves,” in the alleged illegal coal-mining case involving an estimated amount of Rs 1,300 crore. ILNS/ANB/SNG/RJ