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Lakhs surface in raid on excise boss

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 19: The vigilance officials today seized cash worth Rs 28 lakh and gold valued at Rs 45 lakh from the Jagamara residence of a deputy commissioner of excise during raids.

The raids following allegations that Dillip Kumar Nag had amassed assets disproportionate to his income.

Nag, who is posted at the office of the commissioner of excise at Cuttack, also has additional charge of general manager, technical, at the Bhubaneswar office of the State Beverages Corporation. Five teams of vigilance officials conducted raids at the residence and offices of Nag in the state.

Superintendent of police (SP), vigilance cell, at Cuttack, Sashibhusan Mishra said the sleuths had information about Nag possessing assets illegally accumulated during his tenure in the excise department.

“Following preliminary investigations, we found the allegation to be true and we conducted the raid simultaneously at his Jagamara residence, a building at Dumuduma, his two offices and parental house at Dharamgad in Kalahandi. During the raid we seized cash worth Rs 28 lakh from his house,” said Mishra.

The cash that had been seized from Nag’s house contained 19 bundles of Rs 1,000 notes and 20 bundles of Rs 500 notes besides notes of other denominations.

“He did not give us a satisfactory answer as to where he had got so much money, although he did mention something about selling land. We are interrogating him to find out the source of the money,” said Mishra.

Vigilance officials found a three-storey building of Nag at Sidhi Vihar, Jagamara, worth more than Rs 60 lakh and a duplex at Dumuduma valued at than Rs 40 lakh.

The officials also found bank deposits of around Rs 5 lakh and two lockers in Andhra Bank at its Baramunda branch. The officials also seized a Logaan car and a Bolero, the registration number of which is in the name of a liquor businessman in Kalahandi.

The anti-corruption officials seized 1.5kg gold ornaments worth more than Rs 45 lakh from Nag’s house. “The total amount of Nag’s property was estimated to be around Rs 1.8 crore. We will open two lockers tomorrow. We expect the value of his property to go up,” said a vigilance official.

The vigilance officials said Nag had started his career as sub-inspector of excise in 1983 at Cuttack. He was promoted to deputy commissioner of excise in 2011 besides being given additional charge at the State Beverages Corporation.

Nag said he had not amassed the properties illegally. “I have been felicitated several times for good service. Someone has tried to frame me,” said Nag.

He said he had sold a plot in Bhubaneswar last year and the vigilance officials seized that money from his house.

He added he would show the documents of his land sale to the investigating officials.