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Assets scanner on three engineers

Patna, Sept. 4: The economic offences unit today recovered cash and property worth over Rs 5.81 crore after raids on the offices and homes of three engineers of the public health and engineering department.

Cases of disproportionate assets were lodged against officials at the EOU police station in Patna yesterday. Additional director-general of police (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said separate teams searched the office and residential premises of executive engineers Sanjay Kumar Singh and Pranvesh Singh and assistant engineer Arvind Kumar. The raids were conduced at 12 places in the state.

Raid teams searched the office and residential premises of Sanjay at Patnas Vijay Nagar and Arya Samaj Road, Lal Bangla Bose Bagan at Dehri-on-Sone (Rohtas) and Samastipur district. Movable and immovable assets worth over Rs 3.09 crore were seized.

The executive engineer, posted at Samastipur, had bought two flats at Shail Regency on Arya Samaj Road and Indrapuram in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Both the flats are registered in the name of his wife. He owns a three-storeyed house worth an estimated Rs 70 lakh at Vijay Nagar and has a house in the name of his father at Bose Bagan in Dehri sub-divisional town.

Sanjay, reported to have earned a bad name for the department, has Rs 56.63 lakh in bank deposits and ornaments worth Rs 3 lakh.

At the office and the residential premises of executive engineer Pranvesh Singh, the EOU team found disproportionate assets worth Rs 1.57 crore. Posted at Begusarai, Pranvesh has been accused of amassing movable and immovable property worth Rs 1.61 crore and Rs 29.31 lakh, respectively. Raids were carried out at the offices and homes of Pranvesh in Begusarai, Muzaffarpur and Patna, said Kumar.

He has bought plots in the name of his wife, son and daughter in Muzaffarpur, apart from a flat purchased for Rs 29.5 lakh at Vishakha Apartment at Patnas Vednagar area. The deed is in his wifes name. The raid team also stumbled upon documents related to a three-storeyed house worth Rs 60 lakh at Krishna Toli in Muzaffarpur and gold and silver ornaments valued at Rs 18 lakh.

The search at the office and the residential premises of assistant engineer Arvind Kumar (he looked after the Chhapra division) led to the seizure of disproportionate assets worth Rs 1.15 crore.

He has two houses each at Kumhrars Chanakya Nagar and Mitra Mandal Colony in Patna. Twenty-one registered deeds of 4.98 acres of land in the name of his relatives were recovered. He also has Rs 23.19 lakh as bank deposits and jewellery worth Rs 2.5 lakh.