Vigilance finds Rs.4.8 lakh unaccounted amount with VEO

A village extension officer (VEO) was allegedly found to be in possession of an unaccounted sum of Rs.4.8 lakh during a Vigilance raid at Pallipad, near Haripad, here on Wednesday.

Vigilance officials, following complaints that P. Rajan, VEO of Pallipad, was engaged in large-scale corrupt deals in connection with the EMS Housing Scheme, conducted the raid from 11 a.m. at the office and found that the official had Rs.4,80,930 in his possession. Since the official could not explain the source of the money, a case has been registered against him and further legal proceedings will be initiated from Thursday.

The Vigilance officials, led by Alappuzha Vigilance Deputy Superintendent of Police James Joseph, said they had attempted to raid Mr. Rajan's office on several occasions following different complaints, but the office remained closed on most occasions. While, Rs.4.75 lakh was found from a bag he was carrying, Rs.5,000 was in his pocket and the rest, on his table. Mr. Rajan has been asked to appear before the DYSP's office at Alappuzha on Thursday for further interrogation, after which the proceedings recommending departmental action will be initiated, officials said.

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