THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) is likely to recommend disciplinary action against PWD Secretary T O Sooraj. The agency had registered a disproportionate assets case against the officer following its raids at the officer’s residences and office on Wednesday.
The raids on five premises linked with the official lasted till Thursday early morning and Vigilance sources said around 300 documents were recovered, including some shares of Reliance.
The agency is learnt to have wrote to various banks to freeze his 10 accounts and locker operations. Works Department officials have been asked to evaluate the cost and value of the residential and commercial buildings owned by the official.
Vigilance sources said the official could be summoned for interrogation any time.
It is learnt that the sleuths got some documents substantiating earlier allegations that he had links with the Chief Minister’s former gunman Salim Raj, the main accused in the land grab cases. The VACB would interrogate the official on his connection with the land deals besides his income sources.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy refused to comment as the case was under investigation.
Sooraj had earlier denied the allegations. He told some media persons that the Rs 25 lakh cash seized from his house was of his sister.