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NIA to file chargesheet against 5 accused in Naxal funding case

Author: Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu
Publication: Indiatoday.in
Date: February 14, 2018
URL:   https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/nia-to-file-chargesheet-against-5-accused-in-naxal-funding-case-1169439-2018-02-14

A month after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed an over 12,000 page chargesheet in the Kashmir terror funding case, the premier anti-terror probe agency is ready with its chargesheet in a Naxal funding case which lays bare the conspiracy of the inter-state module of the CPI (Maoist) operating in Jharkhand and Telangana.

The agency has named CPI(M) top central committee member Sudhakar as the main accused along with four others. India Today has learnt that the agency has sought prosecution sanction from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) against 5 accused.

Sources confirmed that a 35 page main chargesheet has been prepared with a 1,000 page annexure. Compared to an exhaustive report prepared in Kashmir terror funding, the naxal funding case is concise. Once it is granted clearance from the MHA, the chargesheet will likely be filed at the end of this month.

The case goes back to August 2017 where Ranchi Police had arrested top naxal leader Sudhakar's brother, B Narayan and business partner Satyanarayan Reddy.

The duo was caught red handed at Ranchi station with Rs 25.15 lakh in cash and over half a kilo of gold biscuits worth about Rs 12 lakh. The delivery of cash and gold was meant for Sudhakar's family in Telangana.

Interestingly Narayan's PAN card and Reddy's Aadhar card gave them away. Their accounts were under the scanner.

Sources say that the agency has been able to unearth the conspiracy of the inter-state module involving Jharkhand and Telangana. Though scientific evidence has been put forth in the chargesheet, the agency has mentioned details of a conspiracy from open sources like the web.

Sudhakar has been extorting money from businessmen involved in mining, road construction and others in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Odisha's forested areas.

Sudhakar has also allegedly collected levies from Jharkhand's Koyal Sankh Zone for what sources say was his personal retirement plan.
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