As part of a money laundering investigation into the alleged use of forged papers to sell defence land in these states, the Enforcement Directorate conducted raids at a dozen locations in Jharkhand and West Bengal on Friday.
As of this writing, the federal agency is conducting searches at eight locations in Ranchi and adjoining areas and four locations in Kolkata, including the premises linked to the arrested businessman Amit Agarwal.
ED teams are searching several real estate dealers, private individuals and related entities, they reported.
It is the result of an FIR filed by the Jharkhand Police to investigate the alleged use of false documents in selling and purchasing defence land.
The ED arrested Agarwal last month on charges of conspiring to “trap” Rajeev Kumar, a lawyer representing a petitioner in two PILs against Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
Also connected to this case is the alleged illegal mining case being investigated by the ED, which recently summoned Soren and arrested two of his aides.