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ACB unearths unaccounted wealth worth Rs 5-crore from WRD SDO

RAIPUR: The Anti-Corruption Bureau sleuths on Friday morning raided the residence, crusher plant and office of sub divisional officer, Water Resource department, Rajesh Kumar Gupta in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh and unearthed unaccounted wealth to the tune of Rs 5 crore, including Rs 31-lakh in cash and jewellery.

According to officials, preliminary inquiry has revealed that the SDO has multiple assets, mines and residences registered under his and his family members' name, which is disproportionate to the known sources of income. During the raid, officials seized several incriminating documents indicating that Gupta owned one house, two plots, and crusher plant in Rajnandgaon and agriculture land in district Balod.

Officials also seized Rs 31 lakh cash and documents indicating that the suspect had 18 bank accounts, LIC and mutual funds, Kisan Vikas Patra besides some jewellery. The SDO reportedly has Rs 80-lakh cash deposits in his bank accounts.

Officials said they were still gathering more information about Gupta’s assets and sources of his unaccounted wealth.

Gupta reportedly joined service in 1977 and since then has been posted in Jagdalpur, Bijapur, Balod, Durg, Pakhanjur, Dongargarh and Rajnandgaon. He had been promoted in 2011 in Dongargarh. Presently, he was posted in Sahaspur Lohara. He has been booked under various acts for possessing disproportionate wealth to his known sources of income.