Arrested Mumbai constable’s wife now booked in assets case

Couple possess assets 882 per cent more than known sources of income, says Anti-Corruption Bureau.

| Mumbai | Published: October 4, 2016 2:20:11 am

A Mumbai Police constable arrested last month for allegedly cheating a woman on the pretext of buying her a flat was booked by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Monday for allegedly possessing assets 882 per cent more than his known sources of income.

Constable Nitin Gaikwad (40) and his wife Manisha Gaikwad (40) were booked after a two-year-long inquiry, during which his wealth was tabulated at Rs 2.7 crore, the ACB said.

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The ACB said his monthly income was between Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000.

A senior ACB officer said the investigation was initiated in 2014 after the agency received confidential information about Gaikwad’s “disproportionate assets”.

“The constable has purchased flats in his and his wife’s names. The couple also owned jewellery and operated several bank accounts,” the officer said.

The probe analysed Gaikwad’s income and earnings from all other sources between 2008 and 2014, the ACB said.

Gaikwad, said the ACB, was posted in the Mumbai Police’s Protection and Security Branch and had been assigned to VIP Security.

He is currently in judicial custody after being arrested by the Crime Branch last month for allegedly promising to help a Byculla-based woman purchase a flat in a MHADA building for cheap and then duping her of her money.

“During the inquiry, we also recorded statements of the accused, but they could not provide satisfactory explanations for the assets. We are also probing the sources of the disproportionate assets and whether it is related to his work in the protection and security branch,” said the officer.

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