The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case of alleged disproportionate assets against an IAS officer posted as Director in the Central government's Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here. The CBI carried out searches at four places in Delhi and Bangalore, including the residence of the 2000 batch IAS officer K. Dhanalakshmi Gowda, who is from the Uttar Pradesh cadre and has also served in the office of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna as his private secretary.

“It is alleged that she, while working as public servant, acquired huge assets both immovable and movable in her name as well as in the name of her mother [a housewife],” CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said here on Saturday.

The CBI alleged that the officer was found in possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of approximately Rs. 3.15 crore, beyond her known sources of legitimate income.

“Most of these assets have allegedly been acquired by her as benami properties in the name of her mother, who abetted [her] to acquire the assets in her name,” the spokesperson said.

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