NIA Removes Adhunik Group MD Mr Mahesh Agarwal
Hindustan Times reported that the National Investigation Agency was left red-faced recently when it released the name and photograph of Adhunik Group
MD Mr Mahesh Agarwal from its list of most wanted. The agency had to take down Mr Agarwal’s name from the section last month after the Jharkhand high court, earlier this year, asked it not to take any coercive action against him. NIA officer Mr Subodh Sharma in an affidavit filed before the HC on November 3 said that the agency removed Agarwal’s name from the list on October 21. But for almost nine months, the businessman appeared in the most wanted section of the NIA’s website, usually reserved for terrorists.
Adhunik Power and Natural Resources Limited managing director was arraigned as an accused by NIA in a charge sheet filed on January 10 this year for allegedly funding the activities of a Maoist backed group Tritiya Prastuti Committee. The case, which dates back to 2016, pertains to extortion by Naxal groups from businessmen, transporters and contractors in the coal-rich regions of Bihar and Jharkhand. TPC, a Maoist organisation was receiving money in the names of its leader. The agency alleged in its supplementary charge sheet against Agarwal that on his direction, payment of INR 200 per metric ton of coal was made to coal transporters against work orders for the purpose of paying to TPC operatives and village committees for smooth functioning of his business. On the basis of the charge sheet, a Special NIA court in Ranchi issued a non-bailable warrant against Agarwal on January 17 after which NIA put his name and photograph in the most wanted list on its website.