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Friday , March 22 , 2013
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Transport official in graft net
- Sleuths stumble upon assets worth over Rs 7cr

The vigilance investigation bureau sleuths on Thursday stumbled upon disproportionate assets worth over Rs 7 crore of the transport department mobile sub-inspector, Arjun Prasad, working at Dobhi in Gaya on deputation.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of bureau officials headed by additional superintendent of police (ASP) Ashwini Kumar conducted a raid on the Ramjichak house of Prasad early on Thursday morning. Documents of several plots of land at Digha, 11 trucks registered in the name of his son, driver and a family acquaintance and two luxury vehicles — one registered in his name another of his elder son Sanjay Kumar — were seized.

Additional director-general (vigilance) Pramod Kumar Thakur confirmed that the four-storeyed building of the mobile sub-inspector was searched by the bureau officials and a disproportionate assets case was lodged against him on the basis of the seized documents.

“The search is still going on,” he said, adding that the seized documents suggested that Prasad had accumulated wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The operation carried out by the bureau after a long time led to recovery of documents related to purchase of at least 15 cottahs of land at Ramjichak, Digha Bagicha and Makhdumpur in the city.

“All the plots in prime locations have been purchased in the past five-six years,” an investigating officer said.

The land had been registered in the name of Prasad, his wife Raj Kumari Devi and elder son Sanjay.

Apart from the four-storeyed house, Prasad owns three other houses and a farmhouse in the same locality.

His younger son Santosh Kumar runs a departmental store in the buildings raided by the vigilance bureau.

The officer said Prasad had joined as a typist in the transport department in 1976 on a monthly salary of about Rs 200.

He was promoted to the post of mobile sub-inspector in 1995 and served in Ranchi, Godda (both in Jharkhand in undivided Bihar) and Gaya in Bihar. Born in 1957, he remained posted at the headquarters in Patna for the most of his service period.

Prasad, in his assets declaration submitted to the department, had announced that he had possessed cash and other valuables (including real estate) worth Rs 56.74 lakh.

The assets declared included Rs 50,000 cash, Rs 20,000 in his bank account, Rs. 13,500 in the account of his wife Raj Kumari Devi, fixed deposit of Rs 1 lakh, ornaments worth Rs 15.2 lakh, insurance worth Rs 2.8 lakh (in the name of his wife), insurance certificates worth Rs 2.73 lakh (in favour of Prasad), National Savings Certificate(s) worth Rs 24,000 and landed property worth Rs 33 lakh.

Another investigating officer disclosed that Prasad drew about Rs 27,000 as monthly salary till July 2012. His wage for the month of February was Rs 56,000.

Superintendent of police (vigilance) Parvez Akhtar said: “This is the biggest operation of the year. The bureau officials are trying to ascertain if Prasad had purchased land outside the city.”