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Anti-corruption raid unearths millions of rupees in Kashmir

Anti-corruption raids on the home of an aide to a minister in the Jammu and Kashmir government found unaccounted wealth worth millions of rupees.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2007 12:51 IST

Anti-corruption raids on the home of an aide to a minister in the Jammu and Kashmir government found unaccounted wealth worth millions of rupees on Thursday.

Vigilance department officials became suspicious after they discovered that Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, the private secretary to the junior minister for roads and buildings, owns a motorised treadmill that costs more than Rs 200,000 and arrested him on Tuesday.

"The officer has a high profile lifestyle which cannot be justified by his known sources of income," said a senior official of the vigilance department.

During a raid on Thursday, the vigilance department found a bank pass book with a balance of Rs 1.7 million, a post office savings account pass book with a balance of Rs 160,000 and electronic goods worth over Rs 300,000.

"We shall also be opening his bank lockers," the vigilance department official added requesting anonymity.

Jammu and Kahmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had launched an anti-corruption drive after he assumed power in November 2005. Although many allegedly corrupt officials have been caught so far, the common man is still affected by corruption in every sphere of public life, complain common citizens.

"You have to pay your way through every government office you enter. If the chief minister has become pro-active against corrupt officials, the corrupt officials also appear to have become defiant," said Ali Muhammad, a farmer.
Anti-corruption raid unearths millions of rupees in Kashmir
Indo-Asian News Service

Srinagar, June 7 (IANS) Anti-corruption raids on the home of an aide to a minister in the Jammu and Kashmir government found unaccounted wealth worth millions of rupees on Thursday.

Vigilance department officials became suspicious after they discovered that Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, the private secretary to the junior minister for roads and buildings, owns a motorised treadmill that costs more than Rs 200,000 and arrested him on Tuesday.

"The officer has a high profile lifestyle which cannot be justified by his known sources of income," said a senior official of the vigilance department.

During a raid on Thursday, the vigilance department found a bank pass book with a balance of Rs 1.7 million, a post office savings account pass book with a balance of Rs 160,000 and electronic goods worth over Rs 300,000.

"We shall also be opening his bank lockers," the vigilance department official added requesting anonymity.

Jammu and Kahmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had launched an anti-corruption drive after he assumed power in November 2005. Although many allegedly corrupt officials have been caught so far, the common man is still affected by corruption in every sphere of public life, complain common citizens.

"You have to pay your way through every government office you enter. If the chief minister has become pro-active against corrupt officials, the corrupt officials also appear to have become defiant," said Ali Muhammad, a farmer.
Anti-corruption raid unearths millions of rupees in Kashmir
Indo-Asian News Service

Srinagar, June 7 (IANS) Anti-corruption raids on the home of an aide to a minister in the Jammu and Kashmir government found unaccounted wealth worth millions of rupees on Thursday.

Vigilance department officials became suspicious after they discovered that Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, the private secretary to the junior minister for roads and buildings, owns a motorised treadmill that costs more than Rs 200,000 and arrested him on Tuesday.

"The officer has a high profile lifestyle which cannot be justified by his known sources of income," said a senior official of the vigilance department.

During a raid on Thursday, the vigilance department found a bank pass book with a balance of Rs 1.7 million, a post office savings account pass book with a balance of Rs 160,000 and electronic goods worth over Rs 300,000.

"We shall also be opening his bank lockers," the vigilance department official added requesting anonymity.

Jammu and Kahmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had launched an anti-corruption drive after he assumed power in November 2005. Although many allegedly corrupt officials have been caught so far, the common man is still affected by corruption in every sphere of public life, complain common citizens.

"You have to pay your way through every government office you enter. If the chief minister has become pro-active against corrupt officials, the corrupt officials also appear to have become defiant," said Ali Muhammad, a farmer.