Aurangabad, Maharashtra, May 6 UNI | 3 months ago

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) today arrested a retired forest officer for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income during his service.

It has also arrested his son in this connection and booked five other family members in this connection.

The ACB seized valuables including nine kg gold and other properties worth Rs 3.78 crore during the search operation at various places and residence of the accused.

The forest officer, Sridhar Tupe, who was attached with Kandar in Wada tehsil of Thane district, had amassed property worth Rs 1,06,23,805, which was 88.98 per cent more than his actual legal sources of income during the service period of 1977 to 2008, sources in ACB said.

In this regard, ACB deputy superintendent of police Suresh Wankhede lodged a complaint on behalf of government against Tupe.

After verifying the complaint, ACB teams early this morning raided Tupe's residence at Satara Parisar and simultaneously at three other places including at Thane where he had purchased properties.

During the raids, the ACB teams found that Tupe had collectively purchased near about 50 acre land at various places on the name of his wife, son and four daughters.

He had also invested several lakhs of rupees in the irrigation facilities.

Besides that, Tupe had also purchased a flat worth Rs 24 lakh at Satara parisar near here and another flat at Murbad in Thane district.

The team also found that Tupe and his family members have 14 bank accounts in different banks in Aurangabad and Thane.

They also seized two jeeps, a tractor and a motorcycle during their searches.

The ACB has arrested Tupe and his son Sharad, and has filed cases against his wife Padma, two married daughters Sunita Aucharmal and Mina Nitnavre and two unmarried daughters Jayshree and Sujatha.

A case has been registered against all of them at Karmad police station under Sections 13(1)(e) and 13(2) of 1988 ACB act.

They all were produced before a local court which remanded them to police custody up to May 8, sources added.

(Posted on 07-05-2014)