The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has conducted raids at about half a dozen locations associated with former Rajasthan minister Mahesh Joshi in connection with the Jal Jeevan Mission scam.
Additionally, ED has also conducted raids at the premises of five top officials and contractors of PHED (Public Health Engineering Department). According to sources, these contractors and officials are considered close to former minister Mahesh Joshi. ED has carried out raids in several areas, including Jaipur and Banswara.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Rajasthan has been taking continuous action in connection with irregularities in the Jal Jeevan Mission project.
Earlier, the ED team had conducted raids at 25 locations in Rajasthan related to the Jal Jeevan Mission scam, including the residence of IAS officer Subodh Agrawal.
During the previous investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), it was revealed that several blacklisted companies were awarded tenders worth millions of rupees in the Jal Jeevan Mission.
Many companies had also collected payments worth crores of rupees through fake bills. Some companies were found to have received advance payments as well.
Taking these matters seriously, the ED conducted a thorough investigation, collecting substantial evidence. Subsequently, the ED has once again taken significant action in light of the gathered evidence.
Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot had described the previous raids as a despicable political move. He questioned whether there are no financial crimes happening in such a large country that agencies should focus on. He criticized the ED for targeting politicians, stating that both Congress President Dotasra and his son were not found with anything by the ED.
He argued that using the ED to bring down a government is wrong and accused the agencies of engaging in deplorable politics through the CBI and ED to win elections.