India: How the Chhattisgarh poor fell for IAS man’s money laundering scheme

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October 15, 2017

For about a decade, life has been hell for 42-year-old Babulal Yadav.

The differently abled landless labourer in a desperately poor corner of Chhattisgarh has made countless trips to the local police station, answered questions by several investigators and lived in fear of random searches on his small shanty just outside the market in Kharora, around 50km from Raipur.

The irony: Yadav is not accused of any crime or conspiracy. He is one of 446 people, mostly poor carpenters, farmers and vendors, in whose name a senior state bureaucrat is accused of setting up fake bank accounts to allegedly launder crores of rupees.