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Chhattisgarh assistant engineer amasses Rs 7 crore, Patwari 3 crore

RAIPUR: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday raided the residence of Assistant Engineer of Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board (CSEB) in Raipur and a Patwari in Bilaspur and unearthed unaccounted wealth of crores of rupees.

According to officials, raids were conducted simultaneously at the residence and the farmhouse, located in VIP Estate, Ashoka Rattan, Raipur, and Pirda village respectively, of the Assistant Engineer, Ajay Kumar Gupta. Preliminary investigations have pegged his unaccounted wealth to be over Rs 7-crores.

During the raid officials seized several incriminating documents indicating that Gupta owned two flats in Raipur, three houses, one each in Durg, Village Pirda and Raipur, three residential plots, one each in Raipur, Navapara and Dharmapura and agricultural land of 1.5 acres in Mandir Hasaud.

Officials also seized Rs 52,000 in cash and documents indicating that the suspect had three bank accounts and lockers, which have been sealed and are likely to be scrutinised soon. Besides, documents indicating foreign travels by Gupta and his family members were also recovered and they were being scrutinised.

Officials said some quantities of gold and silver jewellery have also been seized and the same were being evaluated. Some foreign currency was also seized during the raids.

Gupta reportedly joined service in 1991 and since then has been posted in Bilaspur, Bastar and Raipur. For the last two years, he was posted at Mana, Raipur. He has been booked under various acts for possessing disproportionate wealth to his known sources of income.

Meanwhile in another raid in Bilaspur, ACB officials have booked a patwari, Vinod Tamboli, for possessing disproportionate wealth. During raids at the Patwari’s farmhouse, ACB officials have recovered Rs 20 lakh in cash.  Officials said his unaccounted wealth is estimated to be to the tune of Rs 3-crore.