The Dirty Li­nen Club

Ex-min­is­ter Hari­narayan Rai first in the coun­try to be con­victed un­der PMLA

India Today - - STATES - By Amitabh Srivastava

Ten years ago, in­de­pen­dent leg­is­la­tor Hari­narayan Rai, known for his Machi­avel­lian ma­noeu­vring, made the most of Jhark­hand’s frac­tured 2005 man­date to reg­is­ter a me­te­oric rise in the state’s pol­i­tics. Along­side other in­de­pen­dent MLAs, Rai wielded enor­mous power in Jhark­hand, as he switched sides to make and break three suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments.

But in a sharp turn in for­tunes, 12 years since he started out, the one-time ‘king­maker’ finds him­self cool­ing his heels in jail. On Jan­uary 30, an En­force­ment Direc­torate spe­cial court pro­nounced Rai guilty of of­fences un­der the Preven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Act (PMLA) and handed him a seven-year jail term. He was also fined Rs 50,000.

Rai is the first per­son in the coun­try to be con­victed un­der PMLA. The exmin­is­ter was ac­cused of laun­der­ing Rs 3.72 crore, il­le­gally amassed be­tween 2005-08. It’s Rai’s sec­ond con­vic­tion in two months. Now 55, Rai will have com­pany in prison. The court handed wife Sushila Devi and brother San­jay Rai iden­ti­cal sen­tences for abet­ment.

JAIL TIME Ex-min­is­ter Hari­narayan Rai af­ter the verdict

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