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ACB slaps cases on two Pune Municipal Corporation men over illegal assets

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 5:05am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Former deputy municipal commissioner Ramesh Shelar and an engineer in the dock for disproportionate assets

The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Thursday filed two separate cases against a class one officer of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and a class two officer and his wife for allegedly having disproportionate assets.

One case has been registered with the Dattawadi police station against Ramesh Shelar, 45, who is a chief security officer at the PMC while the other is registered with the Yerawada police station against Mustaq Shaikh, 51, who is working as deputy engineer and his wife Afroz. Both cases have been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to Prevention of Corruption Act. No arrests have been made yet.

A team of 12 police officers from ACB carried out search operations at Shelar's house at Ashok Park on Suncity Road, Hingane Khurd, and inspected house articles and collection of land documents.

Shelar joined the PMC in 1995 as junior engineer and got promoted to deputy municipal commissioner. He is now a chief security officer. From the period between 1995 to December 2013 Rs 64 lakh disproportionate moveable and immovable assets were found with him. The ACB traced the assets after receiving anonymous letters since 2013. The anonymous sender of the letters had gained information through the Right To Information (RTI) Act.

Superintendent of police (ACB) Sarang Avhad said, "In the search operation we got Rs 6.55 lakh cash from Shelar's house and found over eight flats and plots in his and his wife's name. At present our team is scrutinising his bank accounts. Shelar owns flats in Hinge Khurd area, Warje Malwadi and Loni Kalbor. He has two shops in Phaltan and Wadgoan Bhudruk, a bungalow at Wadgoan Bhudruk and a plot in Shirur."

He added, "Apart from this, we have found his wife Sharada owns a hostel in Warje Malwadi with six rooms. He has two four wheelers and four two-wheelers. Over 43.21% disproportionate assets have been found in Shelar's name."

An officer on the grounds of anonymity said, "We have got some tip-offs about his illegal use of government parking spaces for commercial purposes and money being pumped into the builder lobby."

Deputy engineer Shaikh was arrested by the ACB on April 29 for accepting cash of Rs 7,000 from a construction firm for ensuring permission over road-digging for laying down a new electric connection. He is now out on bail.

Inspector (ACB) Shailesh Sanke said, "The ACB arrested Shaikh red-handed for accepting bribe from a man. During investigation it was revealed that he had joined the PMC in January 1986. He owns a flat and a shop in the posh Kalyaninagar area. We have seized Rs 39.71 lakh movable and immovable assets from him."

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