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India anti-corruption sleuths seize Rs200 million from woman official

54-year-old Bihar Administrative Service official had stashed money in 65 bank accounts

  • By Lata Rani, Correspondent
  • Published: 13:34 July 14, 2013
  • Gulf News

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  • Jayashree Thakur

Patna: Anti-corruption sleuths in Bihar have booked a senior woman official who loved to count cash and invest her ill-gotten money in real estates.

The 54-year-old Bihar Administrative Service official Jayashree Thakur currently posted as the additional district magistrate in the eastern city of Bhagalpur had stashed around Rs200 million (Dh12 million) in over 65 bank accounts with various public and private sector banks and purchased 48 acres of land from the black money, according to the sleuths.

She is the first woman official to be raided by the anti-corruption sleuths in the state.

The Economic Offences Wing of the state police probing the disproportionate assets case against the woman official was amazed to the large amount of money in her various bank accounts, including three with the Bank of Baroda alone, with Rs70.8 million stored there.

She had stashed another Rs70.3 million in a cooperative society bank run by women. The cash recovery from her is the biggest among all those corrupt government servants raided by the EOW.

The anti-graft sleuths were further startled when they found another Rs2.3 million forcibly stashed in two of her lockers in Axix bank.

Authorities said she initially tried to conceal facts when asked to hand over all her bank passbooks but, on being threatened to be sent to jail, she later pointed towards a big locker-type hole made in the wall of her house where all these bank passbooks had been safely concealed. Of the total 65 passbooks, 40 had showed more than Rs100,000 stored there.

During the intensive raids which lasted for two days, the raiding teams also stumbled upon land deeds which showed she owned 48 acres of lands in various parts of the state and outside.

EOW sources said she had purchased most of her lands while she was posted as the land acquisition officer during her previous posting in Banka district. The sleuths have also seized ornaments worth over Rs4.8 million from her possession.

A few days earlier, the sleuths had booked another such corrupt official Radha Krishna Yadav from whose possession 230 gold earrings and tops, 53 finger rings, 30 chains and six necklaces weighing around 1.5kg, all made of gold, was recovered during the raids. The raiding teams also seized silver jewellery weighing 9kg from him. The said official is currently posted as the deputy director of the secondary education department in state.

Nitish Kumar in his second term as the chief minister of Bihar has declared a war on corruption and in the following raids conducted by the anti-graft sleuths, around Rs1.5 billion has recovered from possessions of more than 500 such corrupt officials. In some cases, the state government has also confiscated the bungalows of the corrupt officials and opened up schools there.

Comments (23)

  1. Added 16:37 July 15, 2013

    First of all i would like to appreciate the job of entire anti corruption team who caught this scam.As per my opinion this money shoud be utilized for the welfare of such needy poor people and hospital where such serious and expensive treatment has been treated free.Thas all

    Yogesh, Doha, India

  2. Added 16:32 July 15, 2013

    Love it when the Indians here are suddenly perturbed with the lack of "UAE News" and blame newspapers for digging news from India which is "useless".

    Mr Shaji, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:56 July 15, 2013

    This is PEANUT when it comes to Philippines Corrupt Goverment Officials!

    Anton, Dubai, Philippines

  4. Added 14:19 July 15, 2013

    gulf news... how and why you find these kind of news in the first place??? so good reporters you have... why don't we get to read the news about 600 billions of $s of Aid the developed world give to so called developing world (and take back 1.2 trillion in return interms of interest and resources)... By the ways"to fellow readers"... look at the positive side.. these kind of news get published about India which is at least better than places where corruption is rampant and freedom of speech and press is a joke...

    sanjeev, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:18 July 15, 2013

    No Government can initiate actions against corrupt officials as most of the Government officials are corrupt. They are all cooperating each other so that they can make and share the public money. If Nitish Kumar can continue his initiation, no doubt it will be a good thing and he will also win in the next election.

    David Thomas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:57 July 15, 2013

    this is all public money every body is busy in filling own bank accounts till they had power shame govt of ind.

    KHAN, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:46 July 15, 2013

    What dose this new has to do in UAE ????????????????

    Jamal, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:23 July 15, 2013

    Useless news for UAE. There are many such news across the world. Don't know why Gulf News is excited about such news. Regional news coverage in GCC and ME would be beneficial to all at least.

    Raj, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:12 July 15, 2013

    NO GOVERNMENT,,, NO RULEZZZZ!!!!!!!!

    ather ahmed, sohar, Oman

  10. Added 13:05 July 15, 2013

    This is one of the Reason India is not developing . it should be monitored by the authorities and see that corruption is controlled totally .India has lot of Natural resources but despite of it its not Successfull and its just because of CORRUPTION . Politicians are becoming Rich Day by Day by making money but a Normal Man is going Down Day by Day . I Pray Almighty Allah to Bless India...

    James, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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