PANAJI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing money laundering case in the alleged multi-crore Goa illegal mining scam has issued summons to 16 mining-related companies.
According to information, the companies to which summons have been issued are Jain Udyog Pvt Ltd, Goa Ispat, Mangal Iron Ore Private Limited, Mandovi Pellets Pvt Ltd, Chowgule and Co Pvt Ltd, Kamdhuenu Ispat Pvt Ltd, Magnum Mineral Pvt Ltd, Agri Gold Exims Ltd, MMTC Ltd, K B Steel Pvt Ltd, Omega Natural Resources Pvt Ltd, Sunrise Electromelt Pvt Ltd, Frost International Limited, Bharat Mines and Minerals Pvt Ltd, Canara Overseas Ltd and Bagadiya Brothers.
Summons has also been issued to the former director of mines department Arvind Lolyenkar to appear before the investigating officer of ED.
Sources said that the questioning will begin from the first week of November and that summons against more mining companies and exporters will be issued in due course of time.
It may be recalled that the ED in June this year had registered money laundering case against government officials, mining companies and entities identified and mentioned in report of the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) appointed by the Supreme Court and the Justice Shah Commission report, including the report of the Public Accounts Committee of Goa.
Sources said that close to 80 companies involved in mining in the state have been named in the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) filed by the agency.
According to information, ED registered a complaint under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) taking cognisance of the reports of the Commission and inquiry boards constituted in this regard and also a First Information Report (FIR) of the Goa police, Crime Branch, filed last year in August.
Earlier, the ED had questioned director of Mines Prasanna Acharya in connection with the case. According to information, the mines department last year had filed complaint with the Crime Branch in connection with alleged mining illegalities. As such, ED had summoned Acharya to get more details pertaining to the case.
ED issues summons to 16 mining companies for money laundering