In a money laundering case, the ED files a prosecution complaint against Mafia Don Sheikh Shahjahan

Kolkata: Under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed a Prosecution Complaint (PC) against Sheikh Shahjahan, along with SK Alomgir and Shib Prasad Hazra, before the Special Judge, CBI-I, Bichar Bhavan, Kolkata. This is the latest development in the money laundering case against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banejree’s close aide.

The investigation was started by the ED based on 13 First Information Reports (FIRs) against Sheikh Sahajahan and others that were filed by the West Bengal Police under various sections of the IPC Act, 1860 and the Arms Act, 1959. The allegations were that they engaged in organized crime by threatening to kill, extort, or injure others, and that they also stole land from the public and received illegal financial benefits.

The investigation showed that Sahajahan had established a criminal enterprise centered on trade, acquiring brick fields, collecting illicit taxes and levies, commission on land transactions, land grabbing, illegal fish farming, cartelization of contracts, and so forth.

Statements from a variety of people, including local farmers, tribe members, fish merchants, agents, exporters, landowners, and contractors, were obtained as part of the ED investigation and were filed under Section 50 of the PMLA 2002.

Additionally, searches under section 17 of the PMLA were carried out, leading to the seizure of three automobiles owned by SK Sahajahan and his brother SK Alomgir. Previous to this, the ED had attached SK Sahajhan’s and others’ moveable and immovable assets worth Rs. 27.08 crore via two Provisional Attachment Orders dated 05/03/2024 and 16/05/2024.

Out of the Rs. 261.41 crore in crime profits that the aforementioned individuals received and generated from their illicit acts, as disclosed throughout the course of the PMLA, 2002 inquiry.

After being detained by the ED, four people—Sk Sahajhan, his brother Sk Alomgir, and his two accomplices, Shib Prasad Hazra and Didar Boksh Molla—are now being held in judicial custody. The current PC was filed by ED after the arrests.

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