Assistant sub-inspector Prakash Patil, who was suspended following the hooch tragedy at Vareli village of Surat district, Thursday was booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets worth nearly 250 per cent of his stated income.
Patil was among the seven policemen who were suspended after the hooch tragedy in September claimed 24 lives.
The action was taken against him for his alleged links with the bootleggers in the Surat district.
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Surat district police lodged a compliant against Patil at Kadodara police station under Sections 13(1) (E) and 13 (1) (D) and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
According to sources, Patil owned tracts of agriculture land, houses and several plots in the district.
The case was booked following a preliminary inquiry by deputy superintendent of police, SC/ST cell, S G Rana. In the probe, police learnt that the properties and investments he made in his name and his family members were over 250 per cent of his stated income.
Police said Patil’s wife Mandaben was a homemaker, while his daughter was married and son ran a chemical lab in Surat district.
Patil is also reported to own a couple of hotels, non-agricultural lands, plots, shops and commercial properties at various places in Palsana village, Dumbhal village, near NH-8 and other areas.
He also owns four luxurious cars, of which one has been seized by police.
SP Nirlipt Rai said, “Before he was suspended, he was serving as ASI with parole/furlough squad with Surat rural police. He was suspended when the investigation into the hooch tragedy was going on. Prakash had recorded his statements before the investigating officer and we are verifying it with the documents we have and statements he had given.”