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Cong, TMC, NCP top 3 in net; ED official says cases lodged after proper scrutiny.

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HomeExpress InvestigationsSince 2014, 4-fold jump in ED cases against politicians; 95% are from Opposition


Since 2014, 4-fold jump in ED cases against politicians; 95% are from Opposition

Cong, TMC, NCP top 3 in net; ED official says cases lodged after proper scrutiny.











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New Delhi | Updated: September 21, 2022 7:46:45 am



































The ED casebook shows a sharp uptick in the number of Opposition politicians, and their close relatives, who have come under its scanner since the NDA-II government came to power in 2014.* On July 3, as the new alliance in Maharashtra moved to get its Speaker candidate elected, chants of “ED, ED” rose from the Opposition. The slogans were a bid to amplify allegations that the Shiv Sena faction led by Eknath Shinde had joined hands with the BJP out of fear of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

* On August 21, BJP national vice-president Dilip Ghosh claimed that the Centre had sent ED to probe various cases against TMC leaders in West Bengal since the CBI’s probes were moving too slowly.

THESE TWO episodes, straddling two key states in two separate regions, frame the rising perception across political parties that the “ED is now the new CBI” — from being the first off the blocks to probe cases with political overtones to taking coercive action before any other Central agency makes a move.

An investigation by The Indian Express of court records, agency statements and reports of politicians booked, arrested, raided or questioned by the ED over the past 18 years reveals that the new label is not off the mark — as many as 147 key politicians were probed by the agency during this period and over 85 per cent were from Opposition ranks.

https://indianexpress.com/article/express-exclusive/since-2014-4-fold-jump-in-ed-cases-against-politicians-95-per-cent-are-from-opposition-8163060/


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