Who is IAS Pooja Singhal? 21 year old IAS officer, early marriage, divorce, ED investigation – see her controversial story!

Recently, IAS Pooja Singhal has been in the news for ED investigation due to allegations of corruption and money laundering in Jharkhand. Check out his controversial life story, UPSC success and marriage details below.

UPSC Civil Services Exam is not the end of the journey for any IAS aspirant. The major struggle of their life begins when they clear the exam and join their cadre as administrative officers. The job requires a sincere approach coupled with tact and intelligence.

Many a times we have seen India boast of its perfect bureaucracy. However, sometimes the field doesn’t seem as white. Today we will talk about an IAS officer who cracked the civil services exam at the age of 21, soon married another fellow IAS officer, and has led a controversial career ever since. Once the epitome of hard work and inspiration for many UPSC CSE aspirants, IAS Pooja Singhal is facing ED investigation in a money laundering case.

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Know about his life, preparation for CSE, first and second marriage and why he is facing ED probe.

IAS Pooja Singhal: UPSC Preparation and Success

Pooja was born and brought up in Dehradun. He graduated from Garhwal University, Dehradun and then started preparing for UPSC CSE.

Pooja Singhal was successful in the UPSC Civil Services Examination at the age of 21, due to which she became an IAS officer. Pooja did her graduation in business management and became an IAS in 2000 batch. He passed UPSC CSE exam in 1999. His name is recorded in the Limca Book of Records for this feat.

IAS Pooja Singhal: Posting and Controversy-

Pooja is presently working as Secretary, Department of Mines and Geology, Government of Jharkhand, posted at Ranchi.

Earlier Pooja Singhal was working as Agriculture Secretary and before that she was posted as Deputy Commissioner of Khunti district. Pooja Singhal was also the chairperson of Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation (JSMDC).

Early in her career, IAS Pooja Singhal served as SDO till 2004 and later, got promoted to the level of Under Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. She was also posted in the Welfare Social Justice and Empowerment Department in Ranchi.

In Pakur, Pooja served as the deputy commissioner. She also became the Deputy Commissioner of Cooperative Societies in Jharkhand in 2006.

From this year onwards all the controversial postings and news started.

When Pooja was the deputy commissioner of Palamu, she was accused of transferring about 83 acres of land for mining to a private company.

Pooja Singhal has been accused of money laundering activities and misappropriation of funds equivalent to 18 crores in MNREGA fund in Khunti between 2008-11. Currently, he is in the eyes of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) facing probe against several such charges.

IAS Pooja Singhal: ED investigation-

In May 2022, the ED raided the various residences of the IAS officer and a huge amount of 17 crores has been recovered from his Chartered Accountant’s residence.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recovered Rs 19.31 crore during a search of Pooja Singhal’s residence at Booti Mo, Hanuman Mandir at 7 am. Also 1.8 crore cash has been recovered from another place in the city.

IAS Pooja Singhal: Marriage and Life

Pooja was married to Rahul Purwar but this marriage did not last for more than 3 years and both got separated. Later Pooja married Abhishek Jha who is the son of a famous government official of Bihar. Abhishek Jha is also the Managing Director of Pulse Superspecialty Hospital in Jharkhand.

In many interviews, Pooja has mentioned about knowing Abhishek from the social media platform Facebook. Later they both met each other in the gym and from there the love story started. Abhishek and Pooja Singhal married after a short courtship.

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