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Search at varsity official’s home yields no results

india Updated: May 30, 2009 01:19 IST

After a thorough search of the residence and office of Prakash Gosavi, suspended deputy registrar, affiliation section of the Mumbai University, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has drawn a blank.

On Tuesday, Gosavi was caught by the ACB sleuths while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the founder of an educational institution in Thane, who was trying to get the university’s affiliation for his institution.

Gosavi was suspended from his post by the university administration on Wednesday after his arrest.

A senior ACB official, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media, told Hindustan Times on Thursday that after his arrest, the ACB sleuths had conducted a search at Gosavi’s residence at Ambernath and his investments/assets were also verified.

“No irregularity was found in his property documents neither was there anything incriminating in his assets or investments (savings),” the ACB official said.

Director General (DG), ACB, Suprakash Chakravarty said that the search conducted on the Gosavi’s Fort office premises had revealed nothing that would indicate his earnings through illegal means.

To whether the revelations would mean Gosavi had been framed, Chakravarty replied in the negative. “We take utmost precautions in such (trap) cases so that no innocent is victimised,” Chakravarty said.

The ACB official said inquiries about Gosavi too revealed nothing incriminating.

“However, that would not take away the fact that he had made monetary demand for extending the favour,” the official said, justifying the ACB action.