The Economic Offences Unit of the Bihar police probing a disproportionate assets case against a senior education department official here was amazed to see his show of love for his wife ~ no less than Shah Jahan’s for his wife Mumtaz, immortalised in the form of Taj Mahal. The Mughal emperor built the Taj Mahal in the memory of Mumtaz, but this Bihar official gifted various items of jewellery to his wife!
During a raid conducted on Wednesday at the residence of the tainted official Radha Krishna Singh Yadav, who is deputy director of secondary education, anti-corruption sleuths seized as many as 230 earrings and tops, 53 finger rings, 36 bangles, 30 chains and six necklaces, all made of gold and weighing around 1.5 kg.
During extensive searches of the house lasting several hours, the investigating team also recovered silver waistbands, heavy bangles, and anklets weighing about 9 kg. What puzzled the sleuths was that most of the gold and silver jewellery recovered were meant for his wife. Apparently, the official had gifted her wife gold jewellery every time he got a bribe, sleuths feel.
The sleuths also stumbled upon some 22 bank accounts of the tainted official opened in various cities of Bihar and outside. However, the team is yet to assess the money stored in these accounts. Last month, the sleuths booked an official who used to eat food cooked in a silver pressure cooker at home.
The accused official Awadhesh Kumar Mandal is posted as executive engineer in the Building Construction Department, Muzaffarpur.The sleuths seized a silver pressure cooker from the kitchen and produced it in court. The sleuths also seized 17 ornaments made of platinum and diamond.