Dy collector held in disproportionate assets case

After teams from the state Anti-Corruption Bureau conducted simultaneous raids at properties allegedly owned by him in Mumbai,Alibaug,Thane,Murud and Raigad on Wednesday,suspended deputy collector Nitish Thakur was arrested from his brother’s home at Vile Parle early on Thursday in a disproportionate assets case.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 16, 2012 12:04 am

After teams from the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) conducted simultaneous raids at properties allegedly owned by him in Mumbai,Alibaug,Thane,Murud and Raigad on Wednesday,suspended deputy collector Nitish Thakur was arrested from his brother’s home at Vile Parle early on Thursday in a disproportionate assets case.

The ACB’s initial investigations suggest that Thakur’s assets are allegedly worth around Rs 118 crore. This figure,however,could go up as raids were still underway on Thursday,ACB sources said.

Thakur was on Thursday morning produced before an Alibaug court,which remanded him in police custody till March 22. ACB officers said Thakur’s mother Chhaya and brother Nilesh would also be called in for questioning in the case.

“Thakur has been booked under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act,” said deputy superintendent of the Alibaug ACB,Kalgonda Hegaje.

On Wednesday,the ACB raided 26 properties in Mumbai,Alibaug,Thane and Raigad,and also impounded 10 luxury cars,including an Audi,a BMW,a Range Rover and a Honda CRV. Thakur is also a major stakeholder in two firms — Acecard Infrasol Pvt Ltd and Siddhivinayak Enterprises under the Lucky Angel Group banner,said the ACB.

The properties unearthed during the raids in Mumbai include a flat in Viceroy Court; a flat in the name of Nilesh worth Rs 1 crore; a flat in Sun City,Kandivali,worth Rs 1 crore; a commercial space in Samta Nagar; a bungalow and a shop in Gorai; three shops worth Rs 1 crore in MHB Colony; a flat in Yoganand Society in Borivali in his brother’s name worth Rs 1 crore; a duplex flat on the fifth and sixth floors of Swapnashil building and another flat worth a total of Rs 9.5 crore,and a flat in Sapphire building worth Rs 1.75 crore in Vile Parle; and a flat in Ishtadev Sadan worth Rs 1 crore in Andheri.

According to the ACB,Thakur’s assets are 65,854 per cent more than his known sources of income. According to the ACB’s FIR,Thakur amassed wealth amounting to Rs 1,18,39,22,816,while his monthly salary from MHADA — where he served from 1988 to 2011 — was only Rs 50,000. “The raids are still going on,and are being co-ordinated from our Thane unit. So far,none of his relatives has been arrested in this case. However,investigations are on,and they will be questioned,” said Hegaje.

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