Airhostess’ wealth foxes CBI
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s anti corruption unit on Tuesday found out that the Air India/Indian Airlines airhostess, against whom a disproportionate assets case was filed for amassing wealth Rs. 3.62 crore, had Rs. 1.02 crore more, reports Abhishek Sharan.delhi Updated: May 14, 2010 01:32 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s anti corruption unit on Tuesday found out that the Air India/Indian Airlines airhostess, against whom a disproportionate assets case was filed for amassing wealth Rs. 3.62 crore, had Rs. 1.02 crore more.
Having established that Anu Puri (50) possessed disproportionate assets worth Rs. 4.64 crore, the agency is struggling to establish as to how exactly she amassed them.
“We are still trying to find out how she minted the unaccounted money… this is the focus of our investigation right now,” a case investigator told Hindustan Times.
Between 1982 and 2010, she earned only 1.36 crore. Against the known income of Rs. 1.36 crore, she gathered assets of Rs. 4.64 crore that was disproportionate to her known income, which has “intrigued” the agency’s investigators.
On Tuesday, the investigating team opened two bank lockers held by her. One of the lockers, held jointly with a colleague, had cash worth Rs. 67.5 lakh.
The agency has now taken the “colleague” under the ambit of its probe to find out if the person aided or colluded with Puri.
Another locker held by Puri yielded foreign currencies worth Rs. 23. 83 lakh.
Among the foreign currencies, $ 2.02 lakh and Omani Rial worth Rs. 20.47 lakh were found. Gold jewellery worth around Rs. 2.55 lakh were seized as well.
The CBI had swung into action after a “source” had alerted it against Puri who is of a deputy manager rank. She was posted in Delhi.
The CBI team has seized documents establishing Puri owned five flats in south Delhi; another flat in south Delhi is in the name of her father.
First Published: May 14, 2010 01:30 IST