Rs 20 Crores found in govt employee`s house

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    Awash with all that cash
    - Hoard found in engineer's house: police
    Amrita Ghosh

    Howrah, Aug. 14: Sukhram's mattress is no longer large enough to accommodate a prosperous India.

    Bundle after bundle of cash was on display in Howrah's Bally today. They were allegedly hidden in an unused bathroom, among other places, in the house of a sub-assistant engineer with the civic body.

    By 10pm, officials counting the money had reached the figure of Rs 6 crore, prompting some to assume that the total would be close to Rs 10 crore.



    The 50-year-old engineer, Pronab Adhikary, was arrested after a raid by the anti-corruption bureau of Calcutta police, which is probing a bribery charge levelled against him by a promoter.

    Adhikary has been a municipal engineer for 25 years and currently draws a gross monthly salary of around Rs 45,000, sources said.

    Whether the final cash count touches Rs 10 crore or not, it has already shot well past the Rs 3.6 crore seized from former Union telecom minister Sukhram's house in 1996. The oodles of cash found hidden in a mattress and suitcases had captured the public imagination and the amount had become some sort of a dubious benchmark. Convicted, Sukhram is now on bail.

    In Bally today, the police said stacks of currency in denominations of Rs 1,000, Rs 500 and Rs 100 were found under the floor tiles in one of the rooms, under the floor of the balcony and inside the commode and cistern of the unused bathroom.

    "He cracked under interrogation and led us to the places where he had hidden the cash," said an officer of the anti-corruption bureau.

    Adhikary is an employee of Bally Municipality, which merged with the Howrah Municipal Corporation two months ago.

    An official in Adhikary's position has the authority to sanction building plans.

    His jurisdiction covered Liluah, where appearances of buildings can be deceptive and huge amounts of cash are said to be in circulation in the real estate business. Several projects are coming up on plots that housed now-defunct factories.
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    A crore every hour, for over 20 hours
    - Engineer and son sent to police custody after anti-graft sleuths claim discovery of cash


    Calcutta, Aug. 15: Working their way through a mountain of cash for over 20 hours, the counters have hit Rs 20,07,50,000 or twenty crore seven lakh and fifty thousand only.

    That was the final figure on the cash apparently found hidden in a municipal engineer's house at Bally in Howrah. The figure does not include the value of the gold allegedly seized from the house of Pronab Adhikary, who has been working as a sub-assistant engineer for the past 19 years.

    Adhikary and his son Tanmoy have been arrested by the anti-corruption bureau, which reports to the Bengal home department. They have been sent to police custody for two weeks. Tanmoy allegedly acted as the cash-keeper and, according to the anti-corruption bureau, helped his father physically count the cash.



    What the police have found so far

    Cash: Rs 20,07,50,000 (over Rs 20 crore)

    Gold: Jewellery valued at Rs 14 lakh. Bought from one store in Bowbazar

    Post office savings: Rs 58 lakh

    Bank accounts: 12 across Calcutta and Howrah (amount in each account yet to be assessed)

    What it took to count the money

    Time: 20 hours and 5 minutes. The counting began at 3.30pm on Friday and ended at 11.35am on Saturday.

    Men: 15 since Friday who worked through the night. Five from the Reserve Bank of India joined them on Saturday. The RBI team checked whether the notes were fake or real. Random tests suggested they were authentic.

    Machines: 4 counting machines

    Where the money was kept

    In 6 rooms. The money was hidden underneath floor tiles, inside box-beds, cupboards, inside sofa sets and a mattress and in a shelf below an unused washbasin in a bathroom, according to police sources.

    Currency denominations: 1000, 500 and 100.

    How the money might have been amassed

    Adhikary was said to be the sole authority who sanctioned building plans in eight Liluah wards that came under the Bally municipality. The municipality, run by the CPM for 34 years, was merged with the Howrah Municipal Corporation two months ago.

    Corrupt officials in such posts usually make money by picking out trivial deviations from the plan or sitting on approvals until promoters fall in line and agree to "negotiate". More than one police officer said today that similar allegations had been levelled against Adhikary.

    Adhikary was in the same post - sub-assistant engineer - at Bally municipality for 19 years. Adhikary, sources said, reported directly to the chairman of the municipality. The last chairman, Arunabha Lahiri, told The Telegraph on Saturday that "a political conspiracy" was afoot to "malign me".

    Where the money is now

    In a vault in Bhabani Bhavan, Alipore, the headquarters of Bengal police and the usual destination of such big hauls.

    Where the money would go

    Police would formally "seize" the money and gold and produce them as evidence in court.

    Since there are no claimants to the money, it should stay in the vault till the trial of the case is over, which might be several years. After the trial, the court would confiscate the money and gold and send it to the government's coffers.

    What the money could have bought

    Adhikary could have had five Lamborghini Huracans parked in his garage instead of a lone motorcycle. The Huracan comes for around Rs 3.43 crore.

    Or he could have had 639 Alto K10s.

    He could have taken his family (of four) to a 10-day-9-night Europe holiday 340 times.

    Had a yacht harboured in the Hooghly. A Prestige 500 costs only about Rs 8.5 crore.

    Booked an apartment in Atmosphere. He could have two flats actually.
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    Mr. Adhikary,the corrupt engineer.

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    Caught 'red-handed' taking cash

    Calcutta, Aug. 15: Night-long counting of bundle after bundle of currency notes found in the house of a civic engineer in Bally, Howrah, ended in a final figure of more than Rs 20.7 crore, nearly six times the amount found in former Union telecom minister Sukhram's house in 1996.

    The money was found in the house of Pronab Adhikary, 47, on Friday during a raid that followed his arrest.

    The sub-assistant engineer of Bally Municipality, which was recently merged with the Howrah Municipal Corporation, was allegedly caught red-handed taking bribe from a developer, A.P. Singh.

    According to a complaint lodged by Singh, the accused had asked for a bribe for sanctioning a building plan.

    The anti-corruption bureau, which acts on complaints of bribery and corruption, laid a trap for Pronab and asked the complainant to hand over Rs 1 lakh cash to him. The currency notes were smeared with a pink powder, which leaves a tell-tale mark on the recipient's hands. Police said Pronab's hands showed the pink stain.

    Pronab's son, Tanmoy, 22, has also been arrested. Tanmoy, according to preliminary investigation, acted as cashier, counting by hand the currency notes his father received.

    The duo were booked under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act based on the seizure of unaccounted currency notes - worth Rs 20,07,50,000 - and gold and diamond jewellery from their two-storeyed house in Bally's Nakasipara, around 10km from the city centre. They were produced before the chief metropolitan magistrate, Calcutta, and remanded in 14 days' police custody on Saturday.

    The cash and ornaments recovered from the house were packed into trunks and bags before being taken to Bhabani Bhavan for safe-keeping. The seized articles will be exhibited in the court as evidence and would remain in a vault at the CID headquarters in Bhabani Bhavan till the trial is over.

    Asked about Pronab's modus operandi, the additional director general of the anti-corruption bureau, Ramphal Pawar, said, "It is too early to say."

    "The complaint also mentioned other names in the Bally Municipality that are yet to be verified," said a source.

    The anti-corruption bureau, similar to the CBI's anti-corruption wing, reports directly to the top brass of the home department.


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    20 crore is pocket-change compared to the kind of money ACB sleuths will find from civic engineers, if they go around digging in Mumbai, Bengaluru, or NCR.
     
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    House of cash: police find $31m inside home

    When anti-corruption police in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal raided a house belonging to a municipal engineer in the city of Howrah on Friday evening, little did they realise they would stumble upon the largest amount of of cash they had ever seen.

    Police raided Pronab Adhikary's house after receiving complaints from real estate developers that he had been demanding bribes for clearing building plans. His wife has denied the allegations, and said her husband was being framed.

    Mr Adhikary's mid-level job as an engineer in the local government-run municipality involved clearing building construction plans.

    By the end of the raid, they had recovered cash worth $31m (£20m) from the 15-year-old, six-room, two-storey house in the suburb of Howrah, on the outskirts of the capital, Calcutta.

    Corruption is rife in real estate in India, where developers and officials often connive in clearing illegal building plans in return for bribes. Also, cash - also called 'black' or illicit money - is often hoarded at home to avoid paying income tax.

    In November 2014, cash worth more than $15m was found in the house of an engineer in Noida in the suburbs of Delhi.

    An income tax raid on a bureaucrat couple's house in the central state of Madhya Pradesh in 2010 yielded cash worth $459,770. They were both dismissed from service for "amassing property through corrupt means".

    In 1996, bundles of currency notes worth $551,724 - money collected in bribes - were seized bags and suitcases from former federal telecommunications minister Sukh Ram's house. He was convicted and sent to prison.

    Additional reporting by Amitabha Bhattashali in Kolkata

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    Whatever be the sum, this needs to stop. No wonder the entire world makes fun of our corrupt bureaucracy.
     
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    Police say they are questioning Mr Adhikary on how he could amass so much money when his monthly salary was $690

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    Mr Adhikary's neighbours say he led a simple life, rode a motorcycle to work and bought inexpensive provisions at the local grocer
     
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    Each & every government official should be checked thoroughly, these people are corrupt from core.
     
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    looks like benami for some politician some where​
     
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    Nah. 20 crores are chillar for politicians. This is solely his black money.
     
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    MP is the only state where the ACB has been going after the corrupt state government officials. The case of the IAS couple who had amassed hundreds of acres of prime land comes to the forefront immediately.

    Raids on such babus across the country will be enough to wipe out our budget deficit.
     
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    The whole system has gone to the dogs, the problem is that recruitment in almost all government posts is controlled by politicians and babus (Exams are little more than an eyewash). I was myself offered the post of a DSP in the Jharkhand State police way back in 1999 (Dad would have to pay a little more than 70 Lakhs), needless to say i declined and am now employed in the private sector. The Guy(one of numerous politico contractors working for my father) said " sirjee de dijiye bitwa cheh mahine mein isse dugna kama lega:p
     
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    correction the date mentioned is incorrect it's not 1999 but 2007, damn autocorrect!
     
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    20 Cr is small money for national politician but still decent money for not well known MLA or that types..

    This guy seems to simply been hording the money and not used it at all for any purpose which seems to be suspect if it was his money
     
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    We still have one examination , which is out of purview of any politicians or babus i.e Civil Services , by UPSC

    Nevertheless , the candidates are all pious when they go for interview, but don't know why they loose their 'morality' , when confronted in real world :tsk:
     
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    Nothing is quite as pious as you may think! The thing is though the exam may be mostly clean the postings are not, so the candidate with the right connections can get a "safe" posting while the candidate without the same can be posted to a militancy affected region in the NE or a Naxal affected region in the "Red corridor".
     
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