Former deputy inspector general of police Ajay Kumar Jain and his wife Anita were convicted by a special anti-corruption bureau (ACB) court on Thursday for having assets worth 350% more than his income from known sources.
The court sentenced Jain and his wife to three years of
imprisonment and levied a fine of Rs25,000 each. The duo was granted bail soon after the verdict was pronounced.
This is the second conviction for the 1982-batch Maharashtra cadre IPS officer — on April 10, Jain and his chartered accountant Prasanna Lodha were convicted in a bribery case and sentenced to five years of imprisonment by a special ACB court.
In that case too, Jain was granted bail by the Bombay high court, where he had appealed against the lower court’s order.
In the present case, the state home department had received an anonymous letter in 1990 alleging Jain had amassed disproportionate assets.
The government forwarded the letter to the ACB, which conducted a discreet inquiry in November that year, before initiating an open probe against the officer.
While the inquiry was on, in May 2000, Jain was arrested in a bribery case on a complaint filed by Sanjiv Kokil, an inspector attached to Byculla police station.
The ACB finally registered a case of disproportionate assets against him and his wife in 2003.
Chief public prosecutor Kalpana Chavan, who appeared for the ACB, said Jain’s assets were evaluated from 1982, when he joined service, till 1995, when the open inquiry began.
“During this period, his income from known sources (salary and perks) was about Rs13 lakh and his expenses were about Rs9 lakh. This would mean he should have properties and investments worth Rs5 lakh. However, during evaluation, it was found that Jain had amassed assets worth Rs41 lakh,” Chavan had argued, saying that most of his investments were in the real estate.
The prosecution examined 19 witnesses to prove its case.
Jain and his wife, however, had pleaded innocence.
It is likely that they will challenge the special court’s order before the Bombay high court as soon as they receive the judgment copy, sources close to the family said.
Raj Khilnani, director general, ACB, said: “We welcome the judgment. It is an endorsement of our hard work, though I am still to go through the judgment copy.”
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