JAMMU: The State Vigilance Organization (SVO) on Monday arrested former Public Relations Officer (PRO) of former deputy chief minister and senior Congress leader Tara Chand in a disproportionate assets case. Huge assets in the shape of commercial and luxury vehicles and immovable properties in the shape of residential houses, both within and outside the state, worth cores of rupees were unearthed during the investigation, a spokesman of the SVO said.
The investigations have found that the accused has also got his government job on the basis of providing fake qualification certificates.
Kewal Sharma son of Gian Chand Sharma, a resident of Kachrial, Tehsil Khour, presently living at Patta Paloura, Near Petrol Pump, Jammu was being investigated by the SVO in a case FIR No 32 of 2015 for disproportionate assets case.
Sharma was in news when he accused his former boss Tara Chand of indulging in massive corruption and immoral activities after he fell apart from the minister.
According to a statement issued by the Vigilance Organization, during investigation of the case against the accused, assets in the shape of commercial and luxury vehicles and immovable properties in the shape of residential houses, both within and outside the state, worth cores of rupees were unearthed.
It said that during investigations it has been found that the accused has managed to open bank accounts on fake documents and deposited crores of rupees in these accounts and the money has been utilized for purchasing assets by the accused.
“Further, the documents regarding qualification on the basis of which Kewal Sharma has been appointed have also been found to be fake for which separate FIR No: 20/2016 P/S VOJ is also under investigation,” it said.
“Since, the accused is not cooperating and divulging the facts as to how he has managed the opening of bank accounts on fake documents and the source of these documents, details of properties purchased outside the state, the source of fake and fabricated documents used for getting government job. To clarify these aspects he has been taken into custody for questioning,” the statement said adding that the accused has been formally arrested and after medical examination lodged in police custody.
Further investigation is going on, it said.
Huge allegations of corruption were leveled against Tara Chand and his staff when he held the education portfolio during Omar Abdullah’s regime. The alleged corruption by Tara Chand and his staff was regarded as one of the major reasons for Congress party’s fall in Jammu region.