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Dec 08 2016 (20:47)  Aid from in-laws: Railway engineer exonerated in corruption case (
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AHMEDABAD: While much is being talked about abolition of corruption and black money post-demonetisation, the government could not prove 168% additional income of an engineer previously working with the Western Railways.
The engineer has been exonerated by a special CBI court because the probe agency did not have any answer to the engineer's argument that the disproportionate assets to his legal income was the result of monitory help from his wife and father-in-law. The investigators could not trace trail of the money as to who deposited extra amount in the engineer's accounts because all his bank accounts were joint accounts with his wife.
this case, the senior section engineer with Western Railway Sheshrao Nitnaware was found with 168% disproportionate assets in 2005, the year he retired from service. The check period was 1999-2005. In the beginning, his assets were Rs 7.32 lakh, which increased to Rs 39.01 lakh in 2005. His legal income during this period was Rs 14.99 lakh and he had incurred expenditure of Rs 8.58 lakh. His disproportionate asset was assessed at Rs 25.28 lakh.
In 2006, he was charged under Prevention of Corruption Act and investigators concluded that during the check period, Nitnaware gathered additional assets worth Rs 22.17 lakh, which he could not explain because this was beyond his declaration before the department.
The probe was intensive. His residences in Amrawati, Nagpur and Ahmedabad were searched thoroughly. His bank transactions were scanned and analysed. The investigators even tried to find out how much Nitnaware had spent on construction material and labour in building a house. However, the more in-depth the probe, less was the documentary evidence available to substantiate claims.
After so much labour, the CBI could not prove its case and Nitnaware got benefit of doubt. This was because all his bank accounts were joint accounts with his wife, who too was earning as a teacher. Moreover, his wife, sister-in-law and other relatives told the court that Nitnaware got monitory help from his father-in-law. CBI could not get evidence as to who had deposited money in his bank accounts.
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