Anti-corruption bureau registers another case against Pranav Gandotra for possessing ‘disproportionate’ assets

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JAMMU: Anti-Corruption Bureau on Thursday registered a formal case against Pranav Gandotra (Sr Assistant), posted as Incharge TSO Satwari & Incharge K Oil Inspector Jammu Rural-I, FCS&CA Jammu (now under suspension), vide FIR No. 35/2018 u/s 5(1)(e) read with section 5(2) J&K P C Act Svt 2006 at P/S VOJ on 15/11/2018.
Pertinently, FIR No. 21/2018, dated 18/07/2018 was registered against Pranav Gandotra for “misappropriation of funds” while his posting as I/C TSO in Rajouri district and thereafter simultaneous searches were conducted at various office premises/residential places, a statement issued here read.
During the searches and further investigations, it was found that the accused had “raised huge properties” both movable as well as immovable worth crores of rupees in his own name and in name of his family members “which are disproportionate” to his known source of income, it read.
“It is found that through corrupt and illegal practices and having taken advantages of his lucrative postings, the officer has acquired huge assets, both moveable/immoveable by investing proceedings of his ill-gotten money in such properties either in his own name or in the name of his family members by abuse and misuse of his official position as a public servant. After registration of the case, investigation has been taken up,” the statement read.
He also possesses luxurious house hold items, costly electronics gadgets. Some of the assets raised by the accused include: House No. 60/3, Channi, Himmat worth lakhs, Flat No. 1203 Block-A and Flat No. 1204 Block-A worth Rs 83 lakh, shop at Asrarabad, Sidhra acquired in year 2017 on rent basis @ 5000/- per month, G T Road Restaurant in Palm Island Mall at Canal Road, luxurious vehicles which include an i10 (JK02BB6968), an Innova Crysta (JK02BT8691), Toyota Fortuner (JK02BS8809), Toyota Fortuner, bearing Reg. No. JMUBQ6700 (Temp), Chevrolet Cruze (JK02AW0001), Mahindra XUV 500 (JK02BQ8954), Mercedes Benz PB65AG(T)3465, and Hyundai Verna (JK02AJ0002), gold/diamond ornaments weighing 4 Kg 361.49 gms and silver articles with utensils weighing 11 Kg 389 gms, insurance policies worth more than 41 lakh, etc.