ED attach Rs 1.62 cr assets under PMLA in DA case of IAS T O Sooraj

In connection with an ongoing investigation into a Disproportionate Assets (DA) case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs. 1.62 Crore belonging to former IAS Officer T O Sooraj under PMLA. The ED has seized several of his properties, including a plot of land in Kerala, as well as his personal and family members’ Fixed Deposits, bank balances, and investment shares.

T O Sooraj began his career with the Kerala government in 1980 as a Forest Ranger and was promoted to the IAS Cadre in 1994. In the government of Kerala, he had worked in a number of different departments.

ED attach Rs 1.62 cr assets under PMLA in DA case of IAS T O Sooraj

On the basis of a charge sheet filed against T O Sooraj by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, Special Cell, Ernakulam, the ED began an investigation into money laundering. In the charge sheet, Sooraj was accused of amassing wealth that was disproportionate to his known sources of income. During the course of the investigation under the PMLA, it was discovered by the ED that T O Sooraj had purchased a number of parcels of land and properties, in addition to vehicles, under the names of his wife and children. In addition to this, it was discovered that he had purchased a vehicle under the name of one of his associates while using the benami system. T O Sooraj had acquired a number of properties in the name of his family members and associates using money that had been obtained through illegal means.

Already, the ED had seized the crime proceeds of this case, which were held in the form of a variety of movable and immovable properties totaling Rs. 8.81 Crore, held in the name of T O Sooraj as well as the names of his family members and associates. The current attachment of assets brings the total amount of money that has so far been attached in the case to Rs. 10.43 Crore. The case is under further investigation by the ED.

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