A CBI Court on Saturday framed charges against former land and revenue minister Dulal Bhuyian in connection with disproportionate assets (DA) case lodged against him by the CBI.
The court of special judge BK Tiwari framed charges and fixed March 3 for commencement of trial.
The CBI on December 1, 2014, had submitted charge sheet against Bhuyian allegedly for amassing disproportionate assets (DA) to the tune of `1.25 crore.
The charge sheet disclosed, the former minister had floated two fake firms Maa Katyani Enterprises and Maa Panchwati Roadways in 2009, in order to cover up his ill-gotten money.
It mentioned that Bhuyian, misusing his official post and position, amassed `1.25 crore in excess of his known sources of income. It included fixed deposit receipts of `32 lakh in the name of his son and daughter, four sophisticated arms, five vehicles and four houses in Ranchi, Namkum, Potka and Chaibasa in Jharkhand.
The matter hogged the limelight after one Durga Oraon, in a PIL filed before the Jharkhand high court, first raised the matter in 2007, highlighting therein, how several ministers in the state owned huge properties in excess of their known sources of income.
Responding to Oraon’s petition, the court in August, 2010, had handed over the case lodged by the state vigilance bureau against former chief minister Madhu Koda, his former cabinet colleagues Kamlesh Kumar Singh, Bhanu Pratap Shahi, Harinarayan Rai, Enos Ekka, Bandhu Tirkey and Bhuyian to the CBI for a thorough probe.