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PDS scam exceeds Rs 10k crore, money taken to Dubai: ED


NEW DELHI: ED on Friday claimed that its probe has found that the West Bengal public distribution scam far exceeds Rs 10,000 crore, and the ‘proceeds of crime’ were laundered to Dubai and other foreign destinations by the prime accused, including former food minister

Jyoti Priya Mallick

ED attached 48 more


with a market value of over Rs 150 crore (book value Rs 50 crore) on Friday, including residences of Mallick in Salt Lake and Bolpur.

Mallick, arrested by ED in Oct last year, is in judicial custody along with his associates.
ED has also approached the special PMLA court in Kolkata to confiscate at least 101 properties attached in the scam. Mallick was food minister in Mamata Banerjee’s govt before he was arrested. He was allegedly assisted by rice miller Bakibur Rahaman and money changer Sankar Addhya.
Two hotels in the name of Rahaman in Bengaluru and Kolkata are among several benami properties attached.
The ED probe, initiated on the basis of FIRs lodged by Bengal police, found that various private persons were found in unauthorised possession of ration meant for delivery through PDS.

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