Passport office staffer in CBI net
A TEAM of Lucknow-based Economic Offences Wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted extensive search at the houses of a regional passport office (RPO) staffer on Thursday.Updated: Jun 16, 2006 10:47 IST
A TEAM of Lucknow-based Economic Offences Wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted extensive search at the houses of a regional passport office (RPO) staffer on Thursday.
The sleuths also searched that particular section of the passport office in Hazratganj where the accused worked. The operation was conducted simultaneously at all the places. The CBI team seized costly household articles, jewellery and documents related to movable and immovable assets from the two houses.
The CBI team initiated the action following information against upper division clerk (UDC) Sandip Shukla about amassing assets through illegal means. The sleuths found five accounts and a locker in separate banks in the city, shares worth lakhs and two houses worth about 35 lakh.
Significantly, Shukla who is employed with the passport office for the past 13 years, earns a salary of Rs 8,500 per month. Shukla held the job of scrutinising the details of the application forms at the passport office.
Sources in the CBI revealed that about six other officials, including a senior one, were under continuous surveillance of the sleuths and soon action would be initiated against them also.
The operation today began at 7 am with three separate teams of the CBI conducting search at Shukla’s houses at E-213, LDA Colony, Hind Nagar in Krishnanagar and 559 A/KA/35, Hardoi Road near Awadh Hospital, Bahadurkhera, Manak Nagar.
Sources revealed that Shukla’s Bahadurkhera house was constructed on a 5000 sq ft land. He spent Rs 4 lakh for its registration alone. On the contrary, the government circle rate of the same land was calculated as Rs 15 lakh. The cost on construction of the building must have been over Rs 25 lakhs, according to the sleuths.
Besides, the documents related to this house revealed that Shukla was paying monthly installment of Rs 10,500 every month to the ICICI Bank against the loan taken for the purchase and construction of the house. Shukla earns Rs 8,500 through his salary and there was no other earning member in his family, comprising his wife, father and a brother. Other valuables and documents were recovered from his Hind Nagar residence.
On the other hand, documents related to the bank showed that Shukla had accounts in Canara Bank, Alambagh, joint account with his wife and a locker at State Bank of India, Aminabad, two accounts at Punjab National Bank’s Zone branch in the Passport office building and another with ICICI, Hazratganj.
The CBI sleuths will scrutinize the details about the bank accounts and the locker tomorrow.
Moreover, the cops also seized 500 shares each of Jindal Steels and Reliance Petroleum worth Rs 7 lakh from Shukla’s house. These were purchased in the year 1999-2000
First Published: Jun 16, 2006 10:47 IST