A police sub-inspector was found to possess movable and immovable property worth over Rs. 7 crore during raids conducted by the Vigilance Bureau of the Bihar Police on Thursday.
Arjun Prasad, Enforcement Sub-Inspector in the Transport Department, owns 10 plots of land and three houses in Patna. The police also have information about nine trucks, one sport utility vehicle and a number of motorcycles, Director-General (Vigilance Bureau) P. K. Thakur told The Hindu.
“While the value of the property on record is Rs. 7 crore, its market value is much more. The plots were bought five years ago and their value has appreciated considerably in these years,” said Mr. Thakur.
The S-I had not declared these assets, which is mandatory for a government servant. For instance, “he has just declared a piece of land when there is a four-storey building on it, with commercial outlets located in it,” Mr. Thakur said.
A case of disproportionate assets has been registered against the S-I under Section 13 (1) (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The raids were conducted based on a case against him. He has completed 35 years in service. He joined the Transport Department as a typist, earning a few hundred rupees a month. Gradually he was promoted to the post of S-I, with a salary of Rs. 6.5 lakh per annum.
Mr. Thakaur said investigation into the actual value of the property is still under way. The agency is gathering documentary evidence after which a decision on whether to arrest the S-I would be taken.