The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered two separate FIRs against two senior officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
According to one of the two CBI FIRs, NHAI General Manager (Technical) Nitin Jain is accused of amassing unaccounted assets, including movable and immovable, worth around R1.26 crore.
The second FIR accuses Chief General Manager (Co-ordination & Technical) SK Nirmal of gathering unaccounted assets, including movable and immovable assets, worth R80.30 lakh.
The officials have been charged with sections related to the Prevention of Corruption Act and for criminal misconduct. While Jain had joined the NHAI in May 2008, Nirmal began working with it on ‘deputation’ from October 2003.
“We are trying to find out the suspected illegal methods through which the two officials had amassed their assets and how it might have impacted upon their official work,” said the source.
The cases were registered by CBI’s Anti Corruption Unit.
According to a CBI source, while Jain allegedly amassed the unaccounted assets attributed to him within “two years even though his legal earnings were only R35.06 lakh,” Nirmal allegedly did so in a period of “over six years.”
“Jain amassed the disproportionate assets worth Rs 1.24 crore in the period between May 1, 2008 and May 25, 2010,” said the source.
He added, “Nirmal’s assets were found to be disproportionate to his known sources of income between November 1, 2003 and May 25, 2010.” The source said, “We had raided the duo’s official and residential premises in Delhi and Jaipur and recovered cash and jewellery.”
While Jain’s alleged assets were found to be in his name and that of either his wife or other family members, Nirmal’s alleged assets were owned by him and other family members.
The FIR against Jain also named his two family members.