ED arrests RJD RS Member AD Singh in fertilizer scam case (Ld)

In a surprise move, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday morning arrested Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP A.D. Singh in connection with a fertilizer scam case. A top ED official confirmed to IANS, “Singh has been arrested in connection with the case.” The official said that the RJD MP was taken from his residence in South Delhi’s upscale Defence Colony under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The case pertains to an alleged fertilizer scam linked to IFFCO and India Potash Limited (IPL), in which the CBI had registered a corruption case last month. The CBI has named U.S. Awasthi, MD and CEO of IFFCO, Pravinder Singh Gahlaut, MD of Indian Potash Ltd (IPL), Amol Awasthi and Anupam Awasthi, both sons of the IFFCO MD and CEO and also promoters of Catalyst Business Associates Pvt Ltd; Vivek Gahlaut, son of IPL MD Gahlaut; Pankaj Jain of Jyoti Group of Companies and Rare Earth Group, Dubai; Sanjay Jain, brother of Pankaj Jain and also President of Jyoti Trading Corporation and beneficial owner of other entities of Jyoti Group; and AD Singh, senior Vice President of Jyoti Trading Corporation, Dubai in connection with a corruption case.

Singh was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the RJD in March last year. According to the election affidavit of Singh he is a graduate from Kirori Mal College in Delhi and is unmarried. His immovable property is worth Rs 188.57 crore and movable property is Rs 49.6 crore. He owns land, apartments and offices in Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Mumbai. His income tax returns for the financial year 2019-20 was over Rs 24 crore, the affidavit stated.