September 27, 2020

Assets glare on former engineer

Patna: The economic offences unit on Saturday filed a chargesheet against the then assistant engineer, building construction department, Muzaffarpur, Shivnandan Shah, in a disproportionate assets case. The chargesheet also includes the name of Shah’s wife Meena Sinha.

The chargesheet was filed in the special vigilance court headed by Madhukar Kumar.

The chargesheet was filed against Shah and his wife under sections 109 and 120 (B) of the IPC and sections 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (c) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Earlier, an FIR was registered against Shah, a resident of Junaidi village under the jurisdiction of Silao police station in Nalanda on July 11, 2013.

After lodging of the FIR, an investigation team was formed comprising SSP, economic offences unit, Shaishav Yadav, inspector Amlesh Kumar and inspector Gauri Kumari. A raid was conducted later at Shah’s Muzaffarpur residence from which the unit recovered Rs 1.98 lakh in cash and jewellery worth Rs 7.68 lakh.

The chargesheet stated that Shah had amassed wealth worth more than Rs 2.16 crore which include movable and immovable properties both in his name and his family members. Shah had also invested in land at Damodarpur, Mansurpur, Madwankhurd, Madhuwan Kajra, Motipur Khanti, Patahi and Mohhamadpur Harkhi in Muzaffarpur, Juran in Chhapra and Dangi in Rajgir in Nalanda district, said special vigilance junior public prosecutor Anandi Singh.

He had also invested in shares and mutual funds in the names of his and his family members. Shah holds 13 saving accounts in Dena Bank, three accounts in HDFC Bank and one each in Allahabad Bank and SBI Bank. He had also invested in post offices, insurance sector and LIC.

Sources said Shah had earned 392 per cent more than his known source of income in a span of 26 years from 1987 to 2013. He had joined the service in 1987 as a junior engineer of the building construction department.

Currently, Shah is dismissed from service, said inspector Gauri Kumari.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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