Raid heat on ex-DM

Patna: Special vigilance unit sleuths on Wednesday carried out simultaneous searches on properties of a young IAS officer Deepak Anand in Patna, Sitamarhi, Katihar in Bihar and Godda in Jharkhand and detected over Rs 1.55 crore of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

"This is the first major crackdown on a state bureaucrat this year," said a senior IPS officer.

Acting on a complaint, the sleuths searched the room of the government guest house in the capital in which Deepak, a 2007-batch IAS officer, is staying after being removed from the post of Saran district magistrate following a dispute over illegal sand mining.

Later, the vigilance sleuths searched Deepak's doctor wife Shikha Rani's hostel room in Katihar, where she is doing her post-graduation in radiology at Katihar Medical College. The sleuths sealed her room because she was not present.

Similar raids were conducted at Deepak's native village in Sitamarhi and sources suggested that another of Deepak's houses in Jharkhand's Godda was also raided.

The officials found documents related to investments worth over Rs 76 lakh from Deepak's room in Patna.

Special vigilance unit (SVU) inspector-general Ratan Sanjay Katihar confirmed that a disproportionate assets case had been lodged with the SVU police station against Deepak. The SVU officials examined Deepak's known sources of income from 2008 when he started his career as the sub-divisional officer of Bettiah in West Champaran.

Deepak had earlier served as DM of Sitamarhi and Banka districts.

"Preliminary investigation has found an increase of around 1,300 per cent in the income of the IAS officer in question," said an official of the SVU.

The operation was continuing till reports came in late on Wednesday evening.

A source said that Deepak was under the surveillance of the vigilance bureau ever since he took umbrage with a minister during his tenure as DM of Saran. Then Saran superintendent of police Pankaj Kumar Raj is also on the radar of the investigating team, said highly placed sources.


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