A 33-year-old sub engineer of the BMC, who owns assets worth Rs 56 lakh, has been booked along with his wife by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB), for amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income.
According to the ACB, a case was registered against Balaji G Birazdar, sub-engineer in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporations’ building proposal department, and his wife Rekha. Birazdar had been arrested in a graft case in October last year.
“Investigations revealed the couple owns a flat in Kandivli, land in Latur and bank deposits. Birazdar misused his official post and amassed Rs 56 lakh, which is 97.15 % more than his known sources of income,” said a senior ACB officer.
Last year, Birazdar, along with his colleagues from the same department – Sunil Hirasingh Rathod, 45, executive engineer, and Vilas Ganpati Khilari, 45, assistant engineer – were caught in a Rs 15 lakh bribery case.
According to the ACB, the complainant in the case is a developer owning a real estate company.
The intimation of disapproval (IOD) for his Dadar project had been sanctioned by the building proposal department of the BMC.
The IOD is an essential permission given to developers by municipal authorities to re-develop an old building.
The developer was waiting for the letter to be released from the department, for which the officials allegedly demanded the bribe of Rs 25 lakh.
The complainant approached the ACB, which registered a case in October last year.
In the trap set by the anti-graft body, an architect, Satish Palav, 57, was caught red-handed while allegedly accepting Rs 10 lakh on behalf of the three officials, in Rathod’s office.
Another person, Narayan Patil, 41, was also arrested in the case.