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After Giriraj, cash seizure teaser for Sadhu

- Police recover Rs 39 lakh & ornaments stolen from ex-MP’s home, to inform I-T dept

Former RJD MP Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav, like Nawada MP Giriraj Singh, could be under the glare of income tax department officials following the recovery of Rs 39 lakh cash and ornaments stolen from his house here.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj on Sunday said Rs 39 lakh, and gold and diamond ornaments weighing over 2kg were recovered during raids at the houses of three thieves arrested in connection with the theft at the Mitramandal Colony residence of the former MP last month.

A special team constituted by the SSP to crack the case apprehended the three thieves, identified as Kundan Kumar Sah, Santosh Kumar and Vikas Kumar. The theft was committed in the former MP’s house on the night of June 12. He was at his ancestral home at Phulwaria in Gopalganj then to perform the last rites of his father. Sadhu, the brother-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, had not disclosed the exact amount of cash and the ornaments taken away by the thieves in the FIR lodged with the Phulwarisharif police station.

During interrogation, the SSP said, the thieves confessed to the crime and said they did the recce of the house before committing the theft. “The burglars found much more cash and jewellery than they had expected,” the SSP said, adding that they shared the booty and started spending lavishly.

The three thieves told the police that they had found over Rs 78 lakh cash kept in a locker of the master bedroom of the house. While Kundan got Rs 28 lakh, Santosh and Vikas received Rs 27 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, respectively, as their share. “The trio purchased land separately at Ara in Bhojpur and Maner and Bakhtiyarpur in Patna for over Rs 29 lakh,” the SSP said.

“We have decided to inform the income tax (I-T) department about the seizure of cash amounting to Rs 39,14,700, Rs 1,470 of Nepalese currency and the ornaments. The seizure list has been prepared,” he said.

The SSP claimed that the arrested thieves had criminal antecedents and they were booked in similar offences earlier. A towel abandoned by one of the thieves on the spot was the first clue for the police. A sniffer dog was pressed into service to identity the culprit.

Sadhu said the seized money belonged to him and his relatives. “My relatives used to keep cash in my house as it was considered to be safe.” About the ornaments, the former MP said: “It’s the property of the woman (read wife). Only she can give details.”

An aide of Sadhu said: “The former MP (Sadhu) had told the police that Rs 15 lakh and ornaments worth Rs 25 lakh were stolen from his house.”

Recently, Nawada MP Giriraj Singh landed in trouble after Rs 1.14 crore and ornaments besides $600 were recovered from two persons while they were fleeing after stealing them from the Anandpuri flat of the politician. The I-T officials have been provided the details of the seized cash and other valuables, which, Giriraj later claimed, belonged to his cousin.