NEW DELHI: Union minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that assets worth more than $1.8 billion have been recovered from economic offenders and fugitives in the last four years.
Addressing an event at CBI headquarters, he said there has been a quantum jump in extradition of criminals and fugitives in recent years, especially after India hosted the 90th Interpol General Assembly in October 2022.
Singh, the minister of state for personnel, said 19 criminals/fugitives have returned to India this year so far, whereas previously, on an average around 10 of them have returned to India every year.
The figure stood at 27 in 2022 and 18 in 2021.
“Over $1.8 billion worth of assets have been recovered from economic offenders and fugitives in the last about four years, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought in the Economic Offenders Act, while the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) Act has helped in attaching the assets of offenders worth more than $12 billion since 2014,” Singh said.
In his inaugural address at the first-ever “International Day of Police Cooperation” after conferring Indian Police Medals on distinguished CBI officers at an investiture ceremony at the agency’s head office, Singh said the Modi government is aggressively pursuing economic offenders and informed about the recovery and attachment of huge assets from economic offenders, fugitives and money launderers.
The Union minister stated that 2023 is the diamond jubilee year of CBI and in its 60 years of existence, it has emerged as India’s premier investigation and anti-corruption agency.

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