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Assets axe on Bihar officers

Patna, July 9: Economic offences unit (EOU) sleuths carried out raids at the office and residences of two government officers, including a deputy director of the education department, on Tuesday and detected disproportionate assets worth Rs 4.46 crore.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of the EOU conducted simultaneous raids on the office and the residential premises of Radha Krishna Singh Yadav, the deputy director of secondary education, in Patna, Gopalganj and Siwan districts.

The officers recovered Rs 38 lakh in cash and documents related to movable and immovable property worth Rs 2.28 crore. In addition, 22 bank accounts of Yadav and his close relatives were seized during the search of his office in Siwan and houses in Patna and Gopalganj.

Yadav, sources said, was earlier posted as district education officer of Siwan. The documents seized during the operation revealed that Yadav had purchased land in Danapur, Sheikhpura (Shastrinagar), AG Colony and Phulwari localities in Patna.

During the search of his house, the officers also stumbled upon 1.4kg gold and 8.4kg silver. Yadavs two luxury cars were also seized, sources said.

In another operation, the sleuths found disproportionate assets worth Rs 2.17 crore belonging to Ram Chandra Gupta, an executive engineer of rural works department. Guptas office and rented accommodation in Sitamarhi were also searched.

Additional director-general (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said two separate cases of disproportionate assets were lodged against Yadav and Gupta at the EOU police station in Patna under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Kumar said the office and the residential premises of the two public servants were searched today after obtaining orders from the respective courts.

Both the public servants have been accused of accumulating property disproportionate to their known sources of income, he added.

Regarding the executive engineers accounted wealth, Kumar said Gupta owned lands in Muzaffarpur, besides a three-storeyed building at Daudpur Kothi in Muzaffarpur and a flat in an apartment on Arya Samaj Road in Patna.

Cash amounting to Rs 38 lakh was also recovered during the raid, he said, adding that Gupta has been accused of amassing unaccounted wealth to the tune of Rs 2.17 crore.