KOCHI: PWD secretary T O Sooraj in his immovable property return, filed with the government earlier this year, had stated that he had four plots of land and three buildings in Ernakulam district; and one building in Thiruvananthapuram district, with a total value of `8.35 crore.
The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) in a raid conducted the other day at the office and residences of Sooraj had found that he owned several properties in different parts of the State. In the ‘immovable property return’ filed in January this year, Sooraj had stated that the majority of the properties were in the name of his wife, mostly inherited from her father.
Details of the property: A house with area of 2,500 sqft on 11-cent plot at Vennala in Kochi, registered in his wife’s name in 1991. The present value of the property is `75 lakh. A warehouse of 14,400 sqft on a 45.5-cent plot reclaimed from wetland at Pipeline Road in Kochi in 1988, valued `2.25 crore, registered in his own name and his wife’s name. Another house of 3,200 sqft inherited by his wife in 1993 in Kochi, valued `1 crore, and a 3,300-sqft building on a five-cent plot, registered in his son’s name in 2011, with a value of of `1 crore. A 2,500-sqft house situated on a 10-cent plot, registered in Sooraj’s name, in Thiruvananthapuram, inherited from his father in 1986, with a value of `1.5 crore.
Besides, 20 cents of wetland in Kochi purchased for his wife in 1994 for `1.5 lakh, currently valued at `90 lakh. 15.17 acres of wetland, which is 2/7 undivided share of the family, inherited by the wife of Sooraj, with a current value of `25 lakh.
Another 2/7 undivided share of 33.50 acres of wetland in Aluva, inherited by Sooraj’s wife, with a value of `20 lakh. VACB officials said that the ‘mehshar’ containing the details of the documents and the evidence seized was produced before the the Vigilance Court, Thrissur, on Thursday. “Now, verification of the evidence collected from the raids will be carried out. Meanwhile, Sooraj will be given time to submit a statement on the documents recovered during the raid,” the officials said.