The Telegraph
Friday , March 7 , 2014
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Engineer faces FIR for assets of Rs 2cr

The economic offences unit on Thursday unearthed disproportionate assets worth Rs 2.16 crore from Braj Bhushan Prasad Sinha, executive engineer, public health and engineering department, Kaimur district.

When he was appointed assistant engineer in the department in 1987, Sinha’s monthly salary was around Rs 800.

Additional director-general (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said Sinha could not have had savings over Rs 1.06 crore from his known sources of income.

The economic offences unit raided Sinha’s office in Bhabua, the district headquarters town of Kaimur, and seized Rs 9 lakh in cash. A search of his two flats at Khajpura and Danapur in Patna yielded Rs 1.40 lakh in cash. The team also stumbled upon documents related to purchase of two flats at Jalalpur City near Danapur for Rs 36.40 lakh and Rs 37.70 lakh, respectively. Sinha also owned a flat at Monika Apartment near Khajpura.

Seized documents reveal Sinha purchased two plots (of 1,763sqft and 5,308sqft) at Hadaspura and Rukunpura in Danapur. Besides, he had bought a plot of 25 decimals at Masaurhi, Patna rural.

ADG Kumar said Sinha had made a written agreement last June to purchase a Rs 1.20 crore plot in Noida for which he had paid Rs 5 lakh as advance. “The price of the plot has been shown much below the existing rate in the registered deeds,” he said.

Preliminary probe shows Sinha had movable assets of Rs 121.40 lakh and immovable assets worth Rs 94.75 lakh.

A case of disproportionate assets has been lodged.