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Juicer-mixer, wooden table among assets ‘unearthed’ by CBI in a corruption case

The probe agency booked customs officer Priyanranjan on charges of amassing wealth illegally

india Updated: Jun 23, 2017 21:52 IST
Azaan Javaid
Azaan Javaid
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The CBI booked customs officer Priyanranjan on charges of amassing wealth illegally. (HT  Photo )

A wooden study table worth Rs 600, a Philips juicer mixer worth Rs 1000 and a bank account with a balance of Rs 239 are among the “assets” the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) unearthed probing a corruption case.

The probe agency included these items in an exhaustive list it has compiled listing over 61 assets or properties that a commissioner of customs department allegedly amassed illegally.

The official Priyanranjan was posted as commissioner of customs in Chennai.

On Thursday, the CBI booked him for allegedly amassing wealth to the tune of Rs 1.11 crore between January 1, 2010 to January 4, 2017. In its FIR, the probe agency said almost 55 lakh were found to be disproportionate to Priyanranjan’s known sources of income.

The agency in its preliminary probe computes assets acquired by the commissioner between 2010 and 2017 which were found to be disproportionate. The exhaustive list contains items whose worth put by the probe agency ranges between Rs 239 to over Rs 30 lakh.

Among the properties, bank balances and investments allegedly held by the commissioner are a plot of land in Jharkhand’s Hazaribag worth Rs 2 lakh, a flat in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu worth over Rs 27 lakh, another flat in Jharkhand worth over Rs 21 lakh , an alto car worth Rs 3.17 lakh and a motor-cycle.

While the agency meticulously lists out these major items, a great chunk of assets in the list include items for home usage.

“…. Priyaranjan, as a public servant, during the period between January, 2010 and January 4, 2014, had acquired properties/pecuniary resources to the extent of Rs 1,11,04,849 out of which Rs 54,97,208, is disproportionate to his known sources of income of Rs 56,07,641 for which he could not satisfactorily account”, the FIR reads.

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 21:51 IST