Former Jharkhand health minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi owned disproportionate asset (DA) to the tune of 3217% above his actual income said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The startling revelation was made by the CBI in its charge sheet filed before the court of special judge NN Singh on Thursday. The charge sheet was submitted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Besides Shahi, the agency filed charge sheet against six other associates of the former minister namely Uma Shankar Malviya, the officer on special duty during Shahi’s tenure as minister, Ajay Singh, a Delhi-based businessman who used to convert Shahi’s cash into white money, Santoshi Devi and her husband Anirudha Prasad Sengal, Shahi’s sister and brother-in-law, Prashant Kumar Singh and Abhishek Singh, Shahi’s niece.
The CBI’s charge sheet mentioned that Shahi, misusing his official post and position, has amassed huge assets to the tune of Rs 6.99 crore, which is above 3217% of his actual income. The agency informed the court that Shahi had purchased 10 acres of land in Ranchi worth Rs 19 lakh in the name of his sister and niece, a flat worth Rs 22 lakh in Prabodh Tower at Shradhanand Road, Ranchi and another flat in Gurgaon.
The agency also revealed that Shahi had founded Dehati Asthapna Trust in which Rs 25.45 lakh was donated by people whose names and addresses were found to be non- existent.
Shahi, who has been languishing here at the Birsa Munda Central Jail for the last three months, is currently undergoing treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).
One Durga Oraon in a PIL filed before the Jharkhand high court first raised the matter highlighting therein as to how several ministers in the state owned huge properties in excess to their known sources of income.
Responding to Oraon’s petition, the court in August 2010, had handed over the disproportionate asset case lodged by the state vigilance bureau against former chief minister Madhu Koda, his former cabinet colleagues Kamlesh Kumar Singh, Bhanu Pratap Shahi, Harinarayan Rai, Enos Ekka and Bandhu Tirkey to the CBI for a thorough probe.
Shahi is also an accused in another case lodged by the CBI pertaining to Rs 130 crore medicine purchase scam in the state’s health department.