Noose tightened around tainted bureaucrat! ED attaches Rs 53 crore assets of former Maha Deputy Coll

Mumbai, Oct 12: The Enforcement Directorate(ED) has attached assets worth Rs 53.57 crore of suspended Maharashtra Deputy Collector Nitish Thakur in connection with a money laundering case against him.

According to sources, the ED has issued orders for attachment of 55-acres of land in Maharashtra, fixed deposits and bank balance amounting to a total of Rs 53.57 crore allegedly in the name of Thakur, under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The case against Thakur dates back to March 2012 when he was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Maharasthra for reportedly amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

During his service, Thakur has served in various capacities in some districts of Maharashtra besides being deputed at the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). When he was arrested, his assets were valued at a total of Rs 120 crore while his actual monthly income was Rs 28,000.

Taking cognisance of the corruption case against him by ACB, the Central probe agency subsequently registered a criminal case against Thakur to track the "proceeds of crime" of the said act of corruption and subsequent laundering of funds to create illegal assets. Earlier, the ED had attached the property of a bureaucrats in Madhya Pradesh on similar grounds.

OneIndia News

(With agencies inputs)

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