Times of India | 1 week ago | 06-08-2022 | 05:11 am
AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad zonal office of the enforcement directorate (ED) on Friday got custody of suspended Gujarat cadre IAS officer K Rajesh and his alleged accomplice, Mohammad Rafiq Memon. The central agency has started a money laundering probe based on an FIR filed against the former Surendranagar collector. On Friday, ED advocate Sudhir Gupta presented the warrant for K Rajesh and his alleged accomplice Mohd Rafiq Memon, a resident of Surat, in the CBI court, and got 24-hour custody of the duo for questioning. It is likely that the central agency will seek further remand on Saturday. The CBI arrested the IAS officer last month. He was suspended by the government of Gujarat after his arrest. ED officials remained unreachable on Friday, and a senior official of Ahmedabad Central Prison said Rajesh was handed over to the central agency as directed by the court. In July, the CBI had filed a chargesheet against him for taking bribes to issue arms licences to ineligible people, allotment of government land to ineligible beneficiaries and grant of other illegal favours when he was Surendranagar collector. Rajesh was in judicial custody since July 18 after his CBI remand period ended. According to sources privy to the developments, the ED had started a probe by recording the statements of 10 witnesses in the case in the past couple of months including former MLA Soma Patel. They added that in 2019, Rajesh allegedly transferred Rs 17 crore to his family members' accounts including that of an aunt. These transactions are currently under the scanner by the probe agency. The ED started a probe into the alleged money laundering on the basis of the CBI's FIR against Rajesh and his accomplice Mohammad Rafiq Memon registered in May, sources said. The 2011-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer was arrested by the CBI in July. He was then serving as joint secretary in the general administration department of the Gujarat government. The state government subsequently suspended him. In May, the CBI had arrested Memon, a Surat resident, for allegedly acting as a middleman and collecting bribes on Rajesh's behalf.