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ED Seizes Properties Worth Rs 205.49 Crore in Chhattisgarh Liquor Scam

The Enforcement Directorate announced on Friday that it has provisionally confiscated 18 movable and 161 immovable properties valued at approximately Rs 205.49 crore in connection with a money laundering investigation related to the alleged Rs 2000 crore liquor scam in the state. Following a Federal Information Report (FIR) lodged by the state police under multiple […]

ED Seizes Properties Worth Rs 205.49 Crore in Chhattisgarh Liquor Scam
ED Seizes Properties Worth Rs 205.49 Crore in Chhattisgarh Liquor Scam

The Enforcement Directorate announced on Friday that it has provisionally confiscated 18 movable and 161 immovable properties valued at approximately Rs 205.49 crore in connection with a money laundering investigation related to the alleged Rs 2000 crore liquor scam in the state.

Following a Federal Information Report (FIR) lodged by the state police under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, the central investigative agency has initiated a new Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in connection with the liquor scam.

“The attached properties include 14 properties in respect of Anil Tuteja, Ex-IAS worth Rs 15.82 crore; 115 properties in respect of Anwar Dhebar worth of Rs 116.16 crore; 3 properties in respect of Vikash Agarwal worth Rs 1.54 crore; 33 properties in respect of Arvind Singh worth of Rs 12.99 crore; one property in respect of Arunpati Tripathi worth Rs 1.35 crore; 9 properties in respect of Trilok Singh Dhillon worth Rs 28.13 crore, jewelry worth Rs 27.96 crore in respect of Naveen Kedia; movable properties worth Rs 1.2 crore in respect of Asheesh Saurabh Kedia/Dishita Ventures Pvt. Ltd.; and one vehicle worth Rs 0.13 lakh in respect of M/s Nexgen Engitech Power Pvt. Ltd,” stated in a statement issued by the ED.

Anwar Dhebar’s seized assets comprise a commercial establishment called ‘Accord Business Tower’ and Hotel Vennington Court in Raipur, which is managed by his company, M/s A Dhebar Buildcon.

According to the ED, corruption in the liquor scam, which occurred between 2019 and 2022, was executed through various means, such as receiving bribes from distillers for each case of liquor purchased by the Chhattisgarh State Marketing Corporation Limited (the state entity handling the procurement and distribution of liquor) from them.

None of the revenue reached the state treasury; rather, the syndicate retained all proceeds from the sale of unreported country liquor, which the alleged gang behind the operation sold and concealed from official records. As per the ED, the illicit alcohol was sold through state-owned outlets.

Distillers were compelled to pay bribes to establish a cartel and maintain a fixed market share. Additionally, licensed merchants of foreign liquor received commissions, as per the findings of the investigative agency.

Anil Tuteja was arrested by the ED following his detention on April 21.

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