Indore: Enforcement Directorate is tightening noose of MLA Ramesh Mendola and four others in Sugnidevi land scam. ED has started its investigation after lodging FIR against Mendola including four other accused involved in the scam.

The Ahmadabad headquarter of the directorate has given its approval to Enforcement Case Information Report. Chief of the directorate in MP Som Shekharan confirmed this on Thursday.

Rajesh Pandey, the joint director of ED has given his nod to start the investigation procedure against the accused on the basis of case filed in Lokayukta court. ED will take cognizance in money laundering case while investigating the scam.

Two years ago, former MLA, Suresh Seth had filed complaint of selling lease land in special court and the investigation was handed over to the Lokayukta police. During the investigation, the scam was revealed in which owners of Dhanlakshmi chemicals had illegally sold the land which was purchased on lease to the Nandanagr co-operative credit institutions.

During the inquiry, Lokayukta police had lodged FIR against 17 accused including Vijay Kothari, owner of Dhanlakshmi chemicals, Manish Singhvi, Nageen Kothari, President of Nandanagr co-operative, MLA Ramesh Mendola and municipal cooperation officials on 5 August 2010.

JPN/Bureau

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