Patna, Feb. 21: In 1974, Mohammed Yunus was a constable and used to draw a monthly salary of Rs 180. Nearly four decades down the line, he owns property worth over Rs 50 crore.
His final positing was that of a sub-inspector (enforcement) in the Mohania check post of Kaimur district along the state’s border with Uttar Pradesh, around 180km southwest of Patna. According to sources, Mohania is considered “a plum posting” in the transport department because more than 500 trucks daily cross the check post on National Highway-2.
Yunus has been on the radar of the Economic Offences Unit (EOU) and its personnel stumbled upon his unaccounted wealth yesterday. The EOU team found Rs 61.98 lakh in cash from a cinema hall owned by Yunus at Sakra in Muzaffarpur and 200gm of gold jewellery, three licenced firearms and over 350 cartridges during a raid on his ancestral house at Chandanpatti village in Muzaffarpur.
According to EOU officials, Yunus owns four multi-storey buildings in Patna and three houses at Mithanpura in Muzaffarpur. In addition, he has several plots of land in Muzaffarpur and Vaishali He is the stated to be the owner of a teachers’ training college and a private higher secondary school in Muzaffarpur.
The teachers’ training college, spread across around three bighas, was opened in 2012, while the public school was set up in 2010. Yunus’s two sons — Mohammed Arshad Raju and Mohammed Irshad — looked after the teachers’ training college and the school, respectively.
The EOU officials seized documents related to 25 acres belonging to Yunus during the search carried out at his office and residences in Kaimur, Muzaffarpur and Vaishali districts. An official said the anti-corruption wing of the state government had been tipped off about 100 acres of land owned by Yunus. He had also deposits of Rs 12.90 lakh in his account with the Bank Of India’s Muzaffarpur branch.
Documents related to 18 vehicles were also seized during the search operation. “Yunus was scheduled to open an automobile showroom in Muzaffarpur very soon. An agreement was reached between the owner of the building and him recently,” said an official associated with the investigation.
Yunus, who started his career as a constable in Bettiah, however, tried to mislead the department. The assets declared by him to the department concerned showed his mala fide intentions as well.
According to the sources, Yunus, in his declaration for the 2011-12 fiscal, said he had only four bighas of land at his ancestral village, Chandanpatti, in Muzaffarpur and three cottahs of land in Muzaffarpur town. Besides, he declared that he had only Rs 25,000 in cash and deposits of Rs 12 lakh in banks. He showed investments not more than Rs 30,000. He declared possession of 115gm of gold valued at Rs 15 lakh and 360gm of gold in wife Shaheedi Begum’s name.
In 2010-11, Yunus declared that he had two acres as ancestral property and two cotthas of land at Mithanpura in Muzaffarpur. The last drawn salary of Yunus, who was promoted to the rank of enforcement sub-inspector, was Rs 40,000 a month. He was scheduled to retire from service on May 31. He had earlier served as the enforcement officer in Motihari (East Champaran), Muzaffarpur and Nawada before being transferred to Mohania five months ago.
Yunus was arrested and forwarded to jail on the charge of providing fake ownership certificates of vehicles, which were recovered during a raid conducted in Patna to recover neurosurgeon Dr Ramesh Chandra, who was kidnapped for ransom from the state capital in 2003.
“Yunus’s is the rags-to-riches story of a youth belonging to a lower middle class family,” recalled a sub-inspector of police, who was once his colleague. He added that Yunus initially wanted to become a school teacher.
Additional director-general of police (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said EOU officials were assessing Yunus’s property. “It is a time consuming process,” he added.
An EOU team today carried out a raid at the Rukunpura residence of one Pawan Kumar, who was employed by Yunus as his personal manager. A diary containing details of money transactions and police uniform were recovered from Pawan’s four-storeyed house in Patna, an officer said.