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Enforcement Directorate seizes assets worth Rs 50.47 crore in Bengal ration scam case

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate has provisionally attached assets worth Rs 50.47 crore acquired from the PDS Ration Scam by Jyoti Priya Mallick, the former Minister of Food and Supply Department in West Bengal, among others. The market value of the seized properties is estimated to be over Rs 150 crore.

The assets include various immovable properties, a residential house in Salt Lake, Bolpur, ‘benami properties’, two hotels in Kolkata and Bengaluru owned by Bakibur Rahaman, and balances in bank accounts. Mallick, who was dismissed in February this year after his arrest last year, had also served as the Minister of Food Supplies from 2011 to 2021.

It has been found that Mallick allegedly received properties worth crores of rupees as ‘gifts’ without consideration in the names of family members or associates. The ED initiated an investigation based on FIRs registered by the West Bengal Police, revealing modus operandi in the generation of Proceeds of Crime (PoCs) in the PDS scam.

Rahaman, Mallick, Sankar Addhya, and Biswajit Das were arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and are currently in judicial custody. PoCs were laundered to Dubai and other countries through money changer companies controlled by Addhya, Das, and others. The Special Court (PMLA), Kolkata, has taken cognisance of the complaints filed by the ED for confiscation of properties acquired from PoCs.

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