| An EOU officer shows one of Kanhaiya Kumar’s flats in Rajvanshi Nagar, Patna, on Thursday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
The state police’s economic offences unit (EOU) raided three places in the city on Thursday simultaneously and unearthed disproportionate assets worth Rs 1.75 crore belonging to an assistant director of information and public relations department.
The search, which began around 7.30am, yielded Rs 16 lakh in cash and gold jewellery worth Rs 6 lakh. Documents related to the purchase of six plots in the city were also recovered during the search of assistant director Kanhaiya Kumar’s two flats at Rajshila Apartment in Sheikhpura and at Sakar Indu Villa in Rajvanshi Nagar.
Additional director-general (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said Kanhaiya had officially declared his property to be worth Rs 93.54 lakh. However, movable assets worth Rs 1.23 crore and immovable assets worth Rs 52.67 lakh disproportionate to his known sources of income were found during the operation.
Ravinder said the raiding team also searched the assistant director’s office in Soochana Bhavan. “The seized documents are under scrutiny,” he said, adding that he would share more information with regard to detection of ill-gotten property after verification of the documents.
Sources said Kanhaiya held the post in the department, headed by Brishen Patel, for the past decade. He was assigned to deal with government advertisements released in newspapers, magazines and electronic media. “We would quiz some employees of the assistant director’s office soon,” said an investigating officer.
Director general of police Abhayanand said disproportionate assets worth around Rs 13 crore have been detected during three major operations this year.