Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today raided the houses of Bengal’s bar baron Jagjit Singh and two of his associates for alleged money laundering during the demonetisation.
A four-member ED team launched the raids at Singh’s Bhowanipur and Salt Lake BH Block residences today afternoon. They questioned his family members and collected some incriminating financial papers, sources said.
Singh has nearly 50 bars all over Bengal. He is now in jail after being arrested last year for allegedly luring in poor girls from all over India, lodging them at a flat in New Town in the city and then forcing them to work as dancers in his bars at Kolkata’s VIP Road. He is also accused of making the girls work as sex workers for his high-profile clients.
Apart from Singh, the ED team also conducted raids at the houses of his aide Bishnu Mundra at Lake Town and another liquor mafia Azmal Siddiqui. Mundra too is in jail now on charges of women trafficking.
ED sources maintained that Singh and his aides had helped several high-profile politicians in getting their stash of money smuggled out of Bengal after the demonetisation in November 2016.