Cash for PIL scam: Kolkata businessman also plotted against judiciary, Jharkhand High Court says
VIJAY DEO JHA
Ranchi, Nov 10: The Jharkhand High Court in its bail order for Rajiv Kumar’s lawyer, said that Kolkata-based businessman and accused of money laundering, Amit Agrawal , had not only hatched a plot against Rajiv Kumar, but also against government officials as well as the Law Enforcement Directorate. (ED) and justice.
“This suggests on its face that Amit Kumar Agrawal has hatched the plot not against the petitioner, but against ED officials as well as government and judicial officials, which is a serious matter. It is expected that let this allegation be investigated by investigative agencies,” said court judge Sanjay Kumar Dwivedi of the Jharkhand High Court who granted Rajiv Kumar cash bail for the PIL.
Kolkata Police arrested Rajiv Kumar on July 31 with Rs 50 Lakh in cash based on an FIR filed by Amit Agrawal. The businessman alleged that Rajiv Kumar asked Rs 10 Crore not to drag his name in the front company linked to PIL 4290/21.
The court observation is an indication that serious trouble is brewing for Amit Agrawal who is in jail in this case as the ED treated him as a main defendant. His motion for annulment is pending in the High Court of Jharkhand.
The High Court also pointed out that some police officials have influence over Amit Agrawal and filed a bogus FIR against PIL petitioner Shiv Shankar Sharma and Rajiv Kumar.
Rajiv Kumar has already been bailed in this case by a local court in Kolkata which initially filed an FIR and arrested him with Rs 50 Lakh in cash on the complaint of Kolkata-based businessman Amit Agarwal. He is currently detained in Birsa Munda central prison. But he has to stay in jail as Jharkhand police have secured his custody in other criminal cases related to land grabbing.
Earlier, Prabhat Kumar Sharma’s PMLA Special Court rejected his request for bail after which he was transferred to Jharkhand High Court.