Ex-Housing Board official gets 10-year jail in DA case

Raipur: A special court here today sentenced a former Housing Board official to 10 years in jail for amassing assets worth rupees several crores that were disproportionate to his known sources of income.

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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court also imposed a fine of Rs 3.15 crore on Dilip Kumar Diwan, former Deputy Commissioner of Chhattisgarh Housing Board at Raipur.

Special court judge Jitendra Kumar Jain sentenced Diwan to jail for amassing assets worth Rs 5.15 crore, disproportionate to his known sources of income, Additional Public Prosecutor Yogendra Tamrakar told PTI.

“Besides imprisonment and fine, the court also ordered forfeiture of assets acquired by the officer through illegal means,” he said.

A case was registered against Diwan under sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 after unaccounted cash Rs 34 lakh and disproportionate property running into crores of rupees unearthed during raids at his premises by the ACB on November 15, 2014.

“Subsequently, he was issued notices several times, seeking his appearance before ACB, but he didn’t respond to any of them following which he was arrested in April last year,” Tamrakar said.

The accused had also been booked under relevant sections of IPC, he added.