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PWD engineer suspended, ACB seizes documents

mumbai Updated: May 07, 2013 01:26 IST
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Even as Satish Chikhlikar, a public works department's executive engineer in Nashik division, was suspended on Monday pending inquiry in a bribery case, the Nashik anti-corruption bureau (ACB) seized 78 files that has records of his and family's finances.

"We have seized documents of insurance, government declaration, his parents' will, income tax payments of his and family, among others" said a senior police officer from Nashik ACB requesting anonymity adding, "These will be used as evidence."

The officer rubbished claims of a diary containing names of politicians involved in the case.

During the probe, the involvement of another state government department has come to the fore.

Sources in the government said a particular contract that Chikhlikar supervised was granted by the tribal welfare department.

"The tribal department finalised the contract for constructing buildings in five tehsils of Nashik district and released Rs50 crore directly to the contractor. Chikhalikar and his team supervised the work as per the government guidelines," said a senior PWD official in Mantralaya.

However, sources in the ACB said this would not absolve the PWD of the charges because Chikhlikar could not have amassed the disproportionate assets from just one project.

A senior ACB officer said they were hoping that Chikhalikar will give them more vital information in the next few days.

The engineer was officially suspended after chief minister Prithviraj Chavan signed the order. On Sunday, his junior, section engineer Jagdish Wagh, who was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 22,000 on his behalf, was placed under suspension.

The ACB has unearthed from Chikhlikar assets worth more than Rs14 crore, including Rs 7.45 crore in cash.

Both Wagh and Chikhlikar were found to be members of an official-contractor-politician nexus, where money was exchanged to clear contractors' bills.

The ACB, which will be filing a case of disproportionate assets against Chikhlikar, recovered gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 2 crore and Rs 7.5 crore in cash from bank lockers and his residence.