Kolkata businessman had delivered cash to Congress MLAs of Jharkhand, CID raided the office

The money recovered from three Congress MLAs from Jharkhand, who were caught with lakhs of rupees in cash in Howrah, West Bengal, was delivered through hawala by a Kolkata-based businessman. A senior CID official gave this information on Tuesday.

The CID raided the office of a businessman named Mahendra Agarwal in Lalbazar in front of the Kolkata Police Headquarters and recovered cash worth Rs 3 lakh, several bank passbooks and 250 silver coins, the official said. He said the office and the mobile phone of the owner were switched off. We conducted raids to know more about his activities.

Mahendra Agarwal has gone missing after the arrest of three Congress MLAs carrying cash worth over Rs 49 lakh in Howrah’s Panchala last week, the official said.

The Congress has already suspended the three MLAs – Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Kachhap and Naman Bixal Kongari. The party had alleged that these MLAs were part of a conspiracy hatched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to topple the Jharkhand government.

The CID official said that the three MLAs had gone to Guwahati with an intermediary, where a deal was struck with an influential person. After this the three MLAs came back to Kolkata and stayed in a hotel. He said that efforts are on to trace the Youth Congress leader and the CCTV footage of the hotel has already been secured as evidence of the activities that took place there.

The Congress has also dragged the name of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the alleged conspiracy, but the BJP has denied the allegations, claiming that the oldest party was trying to hide its own corruption after getting the cash. Still working.

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