ASI official faces disproportionate wealth case

December 10th, 2008 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Dec 10 (IANS) A senior Archaeological Survey of Indian (ASI) official, arrested two days back for taking a bribe, might have a case lodged against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for possessing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income, officials said Wednesday. P.K. Mishra, Patna circle chief of the ASI, and a clerk were arrested by the CBI here Monday after they were caught while taking a bribe of Rs.90,000 from a contractor.

Official sources in the CBI told IANS that they had seized some documents and recovered Rs.210,000 in cash from Mishra’s drawer during a search of his office.

“The CBI is scrutinising the seized documents related to his investment to lodge a disproportionate assets case,” a CBI official said.

According to official sources, both the arrested persons will be presented before the special CBI court in a day or two.

The CBI last month received a complaint from a contractor against Mishra for allegedly demanding 10 percent as commission to release the payment of a bill to him.

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