ED arrests another suspect in Rajasthan’s Jal Jeevan Mission money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate has made another arrest in connection with its money laundering probe into suspected irregularities in Rajasthan’s Jal Jeevan Mission scheme, official sources stated Friday.

According to the sources, Padamchand Jain, the proprietor of Shree Shyam Tubewell Company, has been arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The Union government’s Jal Jeevan Mission, which seeks to provide safe and enough drinking water through household tap connections, is being implemented in Rajasthan by the state’s Public Health Engineering Department.

The federal authorities arrested the first person in this case, Piyush Jain, earlier this year.

The ED is investigating Padamchand Jain, Mahesh Mittal, Piyush Jain, and others for allegedly “involved in giving bribes to public servants in order to obtain illegal protection, tenders, getting bills sanctioned and covering up irregularities for work executed by them in respect of various tenders received by them from the Public Health and Engineering Department .” This FIR was filed by the anti-corruption bureau.

The agency said in a previous statement that the suspects had also purchased “stolen” products from Haryana to use in their contracts and tenders and that they had also submitted “fake” work completion letters from IRCON to get PHED contracts.