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Vigilance seeks nod to seize assets

Vigilance investigation bureau has initiated the process of confiscating disproportionate assets of Bal Roop Das, an ex-commissioner of the commercial taxes department.

Special public prosecutor (vigilance) Rakesh Kumar submitted a petition in the court of special vigilance judge Manoj Kumar Srivastava on Wednesday, pleading with him to allow the bureau to initiate the process of confiscating Dasís three-storeyed house at Nalanda Colony in Patna under the provisions of the Bihar Special Courts Act, 2009. The house, built on about 2400sqft is, however, in the name of Dasís wife Shanti Devi alias Jhalku Devi.

Das, who retired as commissioner, commercial taxes department, has been charged with accumulating disproportionate assets worth Rs 13.16 lakh. A case was lodged against him in 2006. The bureau submitted a chargesheet against him on March 5 this year. The investigating officer informed court that Das was appointed as assistant in the accountant generalís Patna office in 1966 and later transferred to commercial taxes department. He retired as commissioner.

Also on Wednesday, the bureau filed a chargesheet against 10 people, including laboratory assistant Mushtak Ahmad and scientific assistant Santosh Kumar of the state forensic science laboratory, Patna, in connection with a case related to submission of forged forensic test reports to the courts, apparently to provide relief to the accused. An FIR was lodged against them at Shastri Nagar police in 2007. On high courtís directive, the case was handed over to vigilance.

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