The vigilance bureau has sealed nine bank accounts of the local motor vehicle inspector Rakesh Kumar Gupta, who is at large following a raid at his house on July 18. Rs 37 lakh has been found deposited in these accounts.
During the investigation, the bureau had identified 16 bank accounts of the accused in various branches of the HDFC Bank and the State Bank of India in Ludhiana, Moga and Chandigarh.
Nine bank accounts are in Gupta's name and seven in the name of his wife and son; these accounts are yet to be checked. The vigilance bureau had recovered Rs 35 lakh in cash during a raid conducted at Gupta's house last week. The bureau had also recovered Kisan Vikas Patras worth Rs 5 lakh, property documents worth crores and 1.25 kg of opium.
According to Snehdeep Sharma, SP, economic offences wing of the vigilance bureau, the wing had also raided his office at the district transport office and seized documents.
"The wing found the documents of property belonging to the accused in Punjab and Shimla worth Rs 19 crore. It is expected that the accused possesses more property in Punjab and neighbouring states. The bureau is trying to arrest Gupta, who is at large," said Sharma.
"The accused had appointed private men who used to collect bribes on his behalf. The bureau has arrested one and is looking for others. The matter of recovery of opium from his house has been transferred to the local police. Whether the accused possessed opium for his personal use or he used to sell it, the local police would verify that," he added.