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Enlarging the ambit of its money laundering probe into the coal blocks allocation scam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered 17 fresh criminal cases against firms from various parts of the country. The ED had already filed 16 PMLA FIRs in this probe.

“The agency has filed 17 new FIRs in the coal blocks allocation matter. These cases, filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), are against firms based in several states including Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha,” official sources said.

They said the agency will now issue summons to the executives and record their statements even as it plans to attach some assets of these firms under money laundering laws.
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