It pays to be a PMC employee!

A chief security officer and a deputy engineer have been booked by the Anti-Corruption Bureau for amassing over R1 crore between them illegally

Investigations carried out by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) have revealed that PMC chief security officer Ramesh Shelar has allegedly amassed nearly Rs 63.38 lakh illegally during his service tenure while Mushtaq Mahammad Sheikh, a deputy engineer in the road department has gathered Rs 39.71 lakh through dubious means.

SP Sarang Avhad
Cop tales: SP Sarang Avhad of the Anti-Corruption Bureau was involved in the investigations. Pic/Mohan Patil

Separate police cases have been registered against these officials after the ACB raided their homes on Thursday
Sarang Avhad, SP, ACB, said, “Our investigations have revealed that Shelar has five flats on his and his wife’s name besides two flats in the Warje area. He also owns open plots in three locations around the city. Even after considering the income from his salary, farm and loans, we have found that 43.21% of his property is disproportionate.”

Under scanner
Shelar, who is a deputy commissioner rank official, first came under the scanner in June 2013 after it had come to light that his wife Sharda owned as many as 13 flats in a building in the Warje area and had evaded property tax since 2013.

The then PMC Commissioner had ordered inquiry against him after which he was transferred to the security department from the anti-encroachment department.

After the ACB scanned Shelar’s income between November 1995 and December 2013 by ACB, it has come to light that his total income during this period was Rs 1.53 crore, out of which he spent Rs 1.45 crore. While his savings were expected to be close to Rs 6.5 lakh, he owned disproportionate assets worth R63.38 lakh.

Acting on a complaint, deputy engineer Sheikh was arrested on April 29, 2013, after he for accepting a bribe of Rs 7,000. ACB investigations have revealed that he gathered Rs 39.71 lakh from unknown sources. Sheikh has been working with the PMC since 1986 and the ACB has scanned his income records between January 1986 and April 2013.

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