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Vigilance raid on senior IPS officer

The vigilance team about to enter Muzaffarpur senior superintendent police 
Vivek Kumar’s residence on Monday. Picture by Pankaj Kumar

Patna: Sleuths of the special vigilance unit (SVU) swooped down on the office and residence of Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police Vivek Kumar on Monday over a disproportionate assets case and claimed to have unearthed evidence of financial irregularities and a stash of demonetised currency notes amounting to over Rs 40,000.

Vivek, 39, is a 2007 batch IPS officer and a native of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Simultaneous raids were conducted by SVU teams at Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar in the neighbouring state, where his in-laws reside.

The IPS officer could not be reached for comment as the raids, which began around 12 noon, were going on till late in the night.

Bihar director-general of police K.S. Dwivedi told The Telegraph: "A case of disproportionate assets under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against Vivek by the SVU and subsequent raids are being carried out. The raids are still going on."

"SVU doesn't inform me or needs permission from me, but I got to know about the raids as I am the controlling authority of all police officials. I will get to know about the outcome of the raids after they end," Dwivedi said.

SVU, headed by inspector-general Ratn Sanjay Katiyar, comes under the cabinet secretariat department held by chief minister Nitish Kumar. It was formed to crack down on corruption in high offices in the state.

The FIR against Vivek was registered on Sunday and the Gorkha battalion of BMP-1 was requisitioned to assist in the raid.

Sources said the IPS officer had not declared any property in his or his wife's name under the Immovable Property Return head - mandatory under service conduct rules. But land plots in their names have been discovered at Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur. Vivek's wife is a home-maker.

"More than 100 fixed deposits totalling over Rs 2 crore have been discovered in their name. The parents of Vivek's wife, who lead a retired life, had gifted her fixed deposits worth Rs 21 lakh in 2016-17 against a meagre annual income. Gold jewellery has also been recovered from the IPS officer's official residence at Muzaffarpur," a source connected to the raids said.

The raiding team has found Rs 40,000 in demonetised currency notes from Vivek's official residence, the sources added.

"If we assume zero expenditure by Vivek, his wife, and their in-laws taken together and club their assets, they happen to be around 300 per cent more than their total income," the source said.

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