SVU raids residence of former DGP
Special Vigilance Unit raids residence of former DGP in a disproportionate assets case.india Updated: Feb 07, 2007 21:55 IST
Separate teams of the Special Vigilance Unit (SVU) on Wednesday carried out simultaneous raids at four places, including the residence and office of former Director General of Police Narayan Mishra, who is presently posted as the Director General, Homeguards, in a disproportionate assets (DA) case and detected movable and immovable property to the tune of Rs 67 lakh.
The raids were also carried out at two places in Gaya and Hazaribagh. While Mishra's son lives in Hazaribagh in a rented house, the Gaya house, which was found locked, belongs to his relative. IG, SVU AK Upadhyay, who himself led the raiding team in Patna, said that prima facie estimates property to the tune of Rs 67 lakh had been detected.
Upadhyay said a case has been lodged with the SVU police station against Mishra under sections 13-1E and 13-2E of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. "Let the investigations be completed. It may throw light on much more," he added.
Upadhyay said that the raid was a sequel to the disproportionate assets case lodged against Mishra on February 6, 2007. "But the actual magnitude of the property may differ after scrutiny," he said, adding that cash amount had not been found so far.
The sleuths detected large-scale investment of Mishra in real estate. Apart from the Vednagar residence in Rukunpura, Mishra also has a flat each in Patna and Bhopal, besides a plot in the state capital. The sleuths have also discovered five lockers and several bank accounts.
"One of the lockers is at the HDFC branch in Mumbai. The keys of four lockers are with the SUV team, while one key could not be found. The information has been passed on to the respective banks," said Upadhyay.
When the sleuths raided the three-story Rukunpura residence 'Madhukunj' early morning, Mishra was at home. The sleuths soon sealed the entire house. At around 12.10 pm, Mishra was taken to his office in his official car. Two officials of the SUV, who drove in another car, accompanied Mishra.
At the Chhajjubagh office, the SUV sleuths interrogated Mishra as well as some of the officials. After nearly an hour, Mishra was again taken to his residence. Till then, search was on at his residence and the sleuths did not leave any corner untouched.
After over seven-hour operation, Upadhyay came out of Madhukunj at around 2.15. The incident has created ripples in the police circles. It is the first time the newly constituted SVU comprising former CBI officials has laid hands on a senior police official.