Richie rich Major-Gen lands in CBI net
Tushar Srivastava & Jatin Gandhi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 11, 2007
First Published: 03:47 IST(11/10/2007)
Last Updated: 04:49 IST(11/10/2007)
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked a serving major general of the army, posted in the South Western Command in Jaipur, and his wife, in a disproportionate assets case.
After registering the FIR against Major-General Anand Kumar Kapoor on Wednesday, the CBI carried out searches at 12 places. “Searches have been carried out in Delhi, Jaipur, Shimla, Gurgaon and Mumbai,” said N.R. Wassan, joint director, CBI. Senior officials said the officer could be worth over Rs. 50 crore.
Maj-Gen Kapoor is a decorated officer; he was awarded the Vashist Seva Medal. An Ordnance Corps Officer, he was posted in New Delhi till January. An officer described him as “suave and well-connected”.
The raids, which were continuing till late on Wednesday, had led to the unearthing of a number of properties in the name of Kapoor and his wife besides those already mentioned in the FIR.
The CBI team also recovered a tiger skin and a bear skin from the Sainik Farms house of Kapoor in south Delhi.
Sleuths also recovered 50 liquor bottles. Sources said Kapoor could also booked under the Wildlife Protection Act, if it is found that he did not have the requisite documents, and the Excise Act.
Officials said he was being questioned at his Haldi Ghati Lane house in Jaipur Cantonment. They did not rule out his arrest.
According to the FIR, Kapoor and his family owned six immovable properties. "Another five properties have been unearthed since the raids began," an official said. The agency had till late in the evening recovered Rs. 6 lakh cash, 12 credit cards, fixed deposits worth Rs. 1.3 crore, four bank lockers and Rs. 40 lakh bank balance. Over five kilograms of gold has also been recovered.
Defence Minister AK Antony said, "The ministry is in the know of whatever the CBI is doing." He said strict action would be taken against corrupt officers: "Whatever needs to be done, will be done."
Of late, corruption has been a major issue in the army. On taking charge as the army chief, Gen Deepak Kapoor had listed fighting corruption in the army among his top priorities.