The Enforcement Directorate widens the investigation into the Jal Jeevan Mission scam in Rajasthan, uncovering allegations of money laundering, fraudulent contracts, and potential political implications, involving high-ranking officials and multi-crore fund embezzlement.

In a significant development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has conducted fresh searches in poll-bound Rajasthan as part of its ongoing investigation into a money laundering case linked to the alleged Jal Jeevan Mission scam. 

Official sources have reported that the ED's operations covered 25 premises in Jaipur and Dausa, including those of high-ranking officials like Subodh Agarwal, the Additional Chief Secretary of the Public Health Engineering department.

The Jal Jeevan Mission scam, one of the largest of its kind in Rajasthan, involves allegations of multi-crore fund embezzlement through a fake tendering process. The seized documents suggest the scam's size to be around Rs 1,000 crore or even more.

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Two companies, Ganapati Tubewell Company, and Shri Shyam Tubewell Company, were awarded contracts worth Rs 900 crore based on fraudulent experience certificates. The ED's expanding investigation has made this issue a focal point in the run-up to the assembly elections, with potential political ramifications. 

Rajasthan's Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) is responsible for the project to lay drinking water pipelines across districts. The ED's actions aim to uncover the full extent of the alleged corruption and money laundering in this case, shedding light on irregularities in the tendering process, procurement of raw materials, and laying down of old pipelines. 

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As the investigation progresses, more details are expected to come to light, potentially impacting the political landscape in Rajasthan.

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