| Vehicles of the economic offences unit outside the house of Sunil Kumar in Patna on Friday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Patna, Feb. 7: The economic offences unit of police today seized Rs 4.86 crore worth disproportionate assets of a junior engineer of Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam after simultaneous raids on his office and residences.
Acting on a tip-off, the police wing conducted raids on six locations of junior engineer Sunil Kumar in Patna and Bodhgaya. The economic offences unit (EOU) sleuths detected property worth Rs 4.86 crore disproportionate to Kumar’s known sources of income. They seized documents related to land purchased for Rs 4.33 crore. The plots had been bought in the name of Kumar and his wife. He also owned a hotel in Bodhgaya (Hotel Tathagat) and was running a real estate company, Deep Shree Properties Pvt Ltd, in Patna.
Additional director general (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said that the raids yielded movable property worth Rs 4.33 crore and immovable property worth Rs 53 lakh.
The raid teams also stumbled upon documents related to the purchase of four plots in Gaya district and six plots in Patna district.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Kumar had bank deposits of Rs 8.25 lakh and investments worth Rs 29 lakh in different insurance policies. There has been evidence of huge cash deposits in banks in the name of his father Hari Prasad, the ADG (headquarters) said.
The ADG clarified that the value of the seized assets has been estimated on the basis of the registered deeds and not on the existing market rate. “Assessment of the investments is under way,” he added.
The senior officer also said the agency has come to know about a flat belonging to the junior engineer at Hari Palace near Saguna Mor in Danapur.
“The information about the purchase of the flat in Danapur area is being verified,” he said, adding that a disproportionate assets case has been lodged.
This is the sixth operation launched by EOU against corrupt officials since last month. “The operation against corrupt public servants would gain momentum in the days to come,” said EOU inspector-general Praveen Vashishtha.