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Chandigarh top cops reveal their assets, only partially

Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 01, 2013
First Published: 23:34 IST(1/5/2013) | Last Updated: 23:59 IST(1/5/2013)

On the face of it, it's a move to ensure transparency. But, the list of properties owned by top cops of Chandigarh Police uploaded on the department's website hides more than that it reveals. While posting their immoveable assets in public domain, the police officers have conveniently kept their moveable assets such as vehicles, bank deposits and jewellery under the wraps.

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The information on senior cops' immoveable assets has been made available on the department's website (http://chandigarhpolice.gov.in) in consonance with the instructions of department of personnel and training (DOPT).

The eight top cops of Chandigarh Police own no less than 25 immoveable properties - houses and landholdings-across the country. The properties vary from 200 sq yards plot to a 23-acre farmland. Some of the properties are ancestral, while others have been purchased by the police officers on their own, indicating their preference for investing in real estate.

Even the immovable property returns (IPR), officially filed by police officers, lack consistency because some officers haven't declared exact location of their land and built-up properties, its market value. Nor have they disclosed the source of funds in detail. The annual income from the properties in question haven't been provided by all the officers, while a few are vague in giving such details. According to the government rules, the officers have to indicate the approximate value of the property, in case it is not possible to assess the value accurately.     

Officials quote the DOPT rules to justify their move not to declare their moveable assets on the official website.

According to the DOPT rules, it is not mandatory for government officials to share their information on movable assets on official website, though they are required to inform the government about their immovable as well as moveable assets on yearly basis.

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