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New Delhi, Oct 28 : The Enforcement Directorate has named nine individuals and four firms in its charge sheet in a case relating to disproportionate assets accumulated by public servants.

Rajasthan Health and Medical Department employee Mahesh Chand Sharma and his wife Meena Devi, son Mohit Sharma and Ankit Sharma and other individuals, namely Radhe Shyam Sharma, Sumer Chand Sharma, Kishan Lal Saini, Rajendra Prasad Saini, and Dr Lal Chand Morani were named in the prosecution complaint filed before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Jaipur.

The agency also named Swastik Seva Sansthan, Safe Infracon Pvt Ltd, Saket Health Education Centre Pvt Ltd, and RAG Memorial Trust in the charge sheet.

The ED also requested the court for awarding punishment to the accused for committing offence of money laundering and confiscation of the attached movable and immovable properties assets valued at Rs 12.60 crore in the name of Mahesh Chand Sharma and his family members.

The ED initiated investigation on the basis of an FIR and charge sheet filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Jaipur against Mahesh Chand Sharma, his sons, wife and others.

Sharma had worked as nursing tutor (Nursing Grade-2), College of Nursing, SMS Medical College and was also as Member of India Nursing Council (INC).

He along with his associate was trapped by officers of ACB for accepting bribe of Rs 5 lakh from a person on behalf of a nursing institute for adding its name on the website of INC.

Investigation conducted by state ACB established that the accused had amassed assets worth Rs 10.60 crore, which was 372 per cent more than his known sources of income.

Investigation under the PMLA revealed that Mahesh Chand Sharma had illegally accumulated huge sums of money by resorting to corrupt practices and misusing his official position and the said money was used to purchase agricultural land, residential flat and plots for himself, his wife, sons, company and trust after layering and integrating the illicit money in the formal financial system in order to project it as untainted.

It was found that Dr Lal Chand Morani, Rajendra Prasad Saini, Kishan Lal Saini and Saket Health Education Centre Pvt Ltd had assisted Sharma in layering, integration and projection of proceeds of crime, the ED said.

"Proceeds of crime totalling Rs 12.60 crore in the form of immovable properties had been attached under the PMLA." Mahesh Chand Sharma and Mohit Sharma were arrested by ED last month and they are in judicial custody at Central Jail, Jaipur presently.

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