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One day, 260 raids, 67 cases

The bank account of a public servant — 9.71 lakh in rupees, 10 gold biscuits, 29 gold coins and 810 grams of gold jewellery, Abhishek Sharan gives you a sneak peak.

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2009 23:44 IST
Abhishek Sharan

DDA officials, IPS officer, bank managers among those in CBI net

Here's a sneak peek into the bank account of a public servant — 9.71 lakh in rupees, 10 gold biscuits, 29 gold coins and 810 grams of gold jewellery.

Amazed? Well, don't be because the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked over a hundred officials across the country for similar accounts and much more.

Starting 6 am on Wednesday, the CBI began a countrywide special crackdown against corrupt officials working with state departments and public enterprises.

They carried out raids and searches at over 260 official/residential establishments, including 20 in Delhi.

By late evening, the agency’s 16 zones had lodged 67 cases against over a hundred officials in cases related to economic offences, bank security and fraud cases and special crime, including theft of corporate data.

The “special anti-corruption campaign”, as CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal described the raids as, targeted “corrupt officials” ranging from junior engineers to a senior Indian Police Service officer (of the rank of superintendent of police) and senior public sector bank managers and superintending engineers.

As many as 20 raids occurred in Delhi alone — 12 of them pertained to corruption cases, while eight were in connection with special crimes.

Among those netted were five Delhi Development Authority officials — two retired superintending engineers and three serving junior engineers — accused of causing a loss of “at least Rs 1 crore” to the department by their alleged collaboration with a construction contractor between 2003 and 2005.

When the CBI investigators grilled the accused, the latter revealed they held six bank lockers where money taken from the contractor, whose name the agency is not revealing, was stashed.

The search of one of the bank lockers yielded the above-mentioned quarry.

The accounts/lockers were held by D.C. Jain (retired superintending engineer), A.K. Sharma (retired superintending engineer), junior engineers D.S. Sharma, Pramod Sharma, and Shyam Lal Singh.

“In all, these five accused have around Rs 60 lakh in their accounts. The five remaining lockers will yield much more,” an agency official who was not authorised to talk to the media said.

In Pondicherry, the agency raided the residences of SP (Headquarters) Ram Chandran and police inspector identified only as Rahim, who were accused of taking bribes in a deal to buy protective helmets for policemen.

The raid team recovered a cash of Rs 20 lakh from the two.

The agency lodged eight other cases in Delhi against officials belonging to the Income Tax department, Delhi Jal Board, Doordarshan, among others for allegedly submitting fake scheduled caste/scheduled tribe certificates to get their jobs — one such official nabbed was income tax officer Ram Pati Mahato.