Two IPS officers - both husband and wife- from Jharkhand cadre are in the Enforcement Directorate’s net. Their several properties located in Ashok Nagar, Ranchi were seized.
If IANS report from Delhi is to be believed, the ED sleuths have attached the immovable properties worth Rs 1.46 crore of IPS officer Priya Dubey, former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jharkhand, and her husband Santosh Kumar Dubey, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Railway Protection Force (RPF) in connection with the prevention of money laundering case.
IANS report quotes an ED official saying that initially a case was lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Inquiry revealed that the ED picked up the case and started a probe on the basis of the CBI's FIR.
"The ED has taken this major action on the basis of the case registered by the CBI under the Prevention of Corruption Act," IANS report quotes an ED official as saying.
In Ashok Nagar colony in Ranchi where these two IPS officers have a palatial building, their seized properties were found, in addition to three commercial shops and a flat in Delhi’s Defence Colony worth Rs 72,40,000.
Also, inquiry revealed that the couple “owned a residential flat in Green Views Height worth Rs 43.85 lakh in Ranchi.”
In fact, in 2013, the CBI had registered a case against the then RPF commandant Santosh Kumar Dubey and others under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The CBI had found that both the office-bearers had acquired assets worth Rs 1.48 crore through illegal means.
"Investigation under PMLA revealed that Santosh Kumar Dubey acquired various immovable properties to the tune of Rs 1.46 crore in his, his wife Priya Dubey and in his father's name (Shankar Dayal Dubey), mostly by taking accommodation entries to hide the earnings by way of illegal means. The couple was found in possession of disproportionate assets," said IANS report quotes an official as saying.
After the CBI investigation, the ED inquired and lodged a PMLA case and started the investigation.