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Huge assets haul in raid

Patna, Nov. 21: The special vigilance unit (SVU) of the state police on Thursday carried out searches at the office and the residential premises of a special secretary-rank officer of the animal and fish resources department and detected movable and immovable assets worth Rs 1.55 crore.

Three separate teams of the SVU, the anti-corruption cell of the state police, conducted raids on the office and the residential premises of Devendra Prasad in Patna and Banka districts after a disproportionate assets case was lodged against him on Wednesday.

Prasad had earlier served as deputy development commissioner of Bhojpur and Banka and the district transport officer of Bhagalpur and Jehanabad.

He is a Bihar Administrative Service (BAS) officer hailing from Banka district.

During the search, the raiding teams stumbled upon documents related to purchase of plots in Banka, Jehanabad and Patna.

He owns a palatial house at Beur, in the state capital. Three sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and three licensed weapons were also seized.

Documents related to huge investments in insurance policies, shares and other financial institutions were also seized during the eight-hour operation, which was continuing till the time of filing the report.

Prasad had bought three plots in Jehanabad in the name of his wife in 2006.

During investigations it came to the fore that the special secretary owned movable assets worth Rs 1.10 crore and immovable assets worth Rs 44.65 lakh respectively.

“The bank locker allo- tted to Prasad and his wife would be opened on on Friday,” an investigating officer said.