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Former Jharkhand governor's aide faces graft charges

IANS  Ranchi, August 04, 2009
First Published: 01:07 IST(4/8/2009) | Last Updated: 01:08 IST(4/8/2009)
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed graft cases against senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official who had served as an aide to former Jharkhand governor Syed Sibte Razi.


Two cases of disproportionate assets were lodged against Avinash Kumar, officer on special duty (OSD) of Razi, said a CBI official.

CBI sources said the raids were conducted after some complaints. The CBI has not come out with any official statement on the raids yet.

According to CBI sources, the raids were conducted simultaneously at houses of Kumar and Rajesh Thakur, who was Razi's personal secretary since he took over as governor in 2004.

According to CBI sources, a large number of investment and assets documents have been found during raids at houses of Kumar, who is a 1993 batch IAS official. The CBI also found foreign liquors at his house.

Thakur was personal secretary since Razi took charge of Jharkhand governor in 2004 and Avinash Kumar became second OSD of the then governor after president's rule was imposed in Jharkhand in January this year. The appointment of Avinash as second OSD created flutter in the media and among the political circle.

The CBI also raided the houses of builder Guddu Singh, considered close to Avinash Kumar, in Ranchi and Bokaro.

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