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VACB to Get Nod to Attach Sooraj's Assets

Published: 10th February 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2015 04:35 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The VACB probing into the disproportionate assets case against suspended IAS officer T O Sooraj would get government nod for attaching his property shortly.

Recently, the government had sought some clarifications from the VACB on the latter’s request in this regard. It is learnt that the government found the reply satisfactory and an order sanctioning the request will be issued in a few weeks’ time.

Meanwhile, the VACB special investigation unit assigned with the probe identified a property which was not mentioned in Sooraj’s assets statement to the government. The 25-cent land at Wadakkancherry is registered in his wife’s name. The team had earlier spotted an 11-cent land at Mundoor in Thrissur and a 24-cent land at Peermade in Idukki. It also found an Innova car, a benami asset of the official registered in the name of his friend based in Ernakulam.The team’s probe into Sooraj’s foreign trips has made slow progress as various government departments are yet to provide information.

The team had sent requests to the departments and promotional agencies in which the official worked from October 2004 to October 2014 and only a few had responded so far.Sources said that the total value of his illegal assets would be many fold than the initial estimate of Rs 1.83 crore.

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