New Delhi: The ground is getting swampier for former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) getting ready to file a case of money laundering against him.

The ED has received a copy of  the FIR lodged by CBI in the Adarsh Society scam and may soon lodge another case of  money laundering against the accused including Ashok Chavan, revealed a senior ED official.

In the face of such a situation, Ashok Chavan would become the third CM to be named in money laundering case within a period of one-and-half-year. Earlier, the ED had charged Madhu Koda, former Jharkhand Chief Minister and former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chauta in money laundering cases.

The ED had also seized Koda’s assets worth Rs 123 crore in the case.

At the behest of CBI, Income Tax department has already commenced its investigation into the properties of the accused in the Adarsh Society scam.

A senior CBI official, who is part of the investigation team, said the ongoing inquiry has revealed that massive illegal money has been invested in Adarsh project by influential politicians and bureaucrats.

In addition to this, reports that the bureaucrats and politicians were given the owned flats as bribe, is coming to the surface, informed the CBI official.

Meanwhile, the CBI is investigating the matters pertaining to the formation of Adarsh Society. That is why, IT department and ED has been handed over the task of probing other aspects related to the scam, the official added.

JPN/Bureau