Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today conducted simultaneous raids at six places in and around Kolkata in the course of an investigation into alleged corruption in the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) office in the city.
The places raided include the EPFO regional office at Park Street, the residence of additional PF commissioner Ramesh Ch Singh at Behala, the flat of an EPFO officer at Charu Market area, and the house of another officer at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas.
Following the raids, ED sources have confiscated some documents that they believe will help in cracking a racket of corruption centring on the EPFO office in Kolkata.
ED sources said that in September last year, CBI’s anti-corruption branch had caught red-handed EPFO enforcement officer Samiran Mondal while collecting bribe from Abhinandan Ghosh, the owner of an engineering firm at Bansdroni in south Kolkata. CBI later transferred the case to ED.
On quizzing Mondal, ED has apparently come to know about well-oiled mechanism being run by some senior EPFO officers to flee bribe from private companies based in Kolkata. Also, they are also allegedly selling out the details of PF accounts that are lying dormant for a while but have substantial savings in them.
ED officers have not arrested anyone as yet during the raids conducted today but have indicated at laying hands on some incriminating evidence to dig deeper into the case.