Vigilance raids yield DA worth Rs 6 crore in Patna

PATNA: Vigilance Investigation Bureau investigators raided the residences of Chhapra Zila Parishad’s junior engineer Shambhu Nath Singh and his son Amit Kumar on Saturday and found disproportionate assets (DA) worth more than Rs6 crore amassed by them. Amit is an assistant engineer in the Research and Training Division 3 of the Water Resources Department in Khagaul, Patna.
“Movable and immovable property worth Rs 6.6 crore has been unearthed during the raids on the accused engineers,” said a vigilant source.
The sources expected the number of DAs to increase further as they seized several documents from Singh’s home in Patliputra Colony, his ancestral home in Motirajpur under Garkha Police Station in Saran district and government accommodation in Chhapra.
Vigilance DSP Surendra Kumar Mauar said a DA case was registered against the accused engineers at the Vigilance Police Station in Patna on Friday under Sections 3(2) and 13(1)(B) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
“The raids were carried out by three separate teams after obtaining search warrants from a special court. Based on a tip that Singh had amassed assets worth Rs2 crore more than his known sources of income, a team was formed to investigate the matter,” he told Bihar Engineering.
The vigilance raids yielded Rs6.18 lakh in cash and 123.6 grams of gold ornaments worth Rs6.23 lakh from their abode in Patna. Documents related to the purchase of two SUVs were also found. Jewelry worth Rs 44 lakh, including 850 grams of gold and 850 grams of silver ornaments, were also seized from their locker number G-2/72 in the Boring Road branch of Canara Bank.
The robbery team officials said Rs 4 lakh in cash, 16 passbooks with separate bank accounts, 200 grams of gold and 650 grams of silver jewelry worth Rs 7.38 lakh, land deeds worth Rs 4.16 crore and documents related to the purchase of three SUVs, a bullet and a motorcycle were seized from Chhapra’s home.
In addition, documents were found relating to a large godown for tile manufacturing and preserving in their luxurious three-storey ancestral home.
The vigilance team also recovered documents related to six life insurance policies and two bank deposits and one land deed worth Rs17.7 lakh from its government accommodation.

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