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AFS ,  Bhaskar Deka  , Chargesheeted

Charges Of Accumulation Of Disproportionate Assets

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GUWAHATI, Feb 29:  AFS Bhaskar Deka has been slapped with charges of accumulation of disproportionate assets.

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The Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell has submitted chargesheet of 508 pages in this regard on Thursday.

Deka was arrested on January 18 as he did not hand over the Indian passport, police said.

After arrest he was remanded to 5 days police custody. On completion of the remand period, he was sent to the judicial custody and presently he is in the district central Jail, Guwahati.

“In the course of investigation, it was found that Bhaskar Deka, AFS, DFO (U/S) conducted foreign visits without permission from the competent authority. It was also found that the accused was trying to liquidate the disproportionate assets in his favour and his family members. Therefore, he was arrested on 18.01.2024, as he did not hand over the Indian passport. After arrest he was remanded to 5 days police custody. On completion of the remand period, he was sent to the judicial custody and presently he is in the district central Jail, Guwahati,” a press release stated.

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Police further stated that During investigation, the engaged empaneled Chartered Accountant firm had analyzed and conducted a forensic auditing of all his financial transactions and details of his immoveable and moveable properties and found the Percentage of the Disproportionate Assets accrued by the arrested accused Bhaskar Deka, AFS, DFO (U/S) to be 183%. He possessed disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs. 5,38,16,763/-against his known sources of income.

In the course of investigation, it was found that Bhaskar Deka, AFS, DFO (U/S) conducted foreign visits without permission from the competent authority. It was also found that the accused was trying to liquidate the disproportionate assets in his favour and his family members. Therefore, he was arrested on 18.01.2024, as he did not hand over the Indian passport. After arrest he was remanded to 5 days police custody. On completion of the remand period, he was sent to the judicial custody and presently he is in the district central Jail, Guwahati.

“A news item was published on 5-5-2022 in the Assamese Daily namely “Asomia Pratidin” under caption “Bon Bishaya Chorang Beparir Syndicate: Madhya Asomat bon dhangsa—-” alleging crime committed by Shri Bhaskar Deka, AFS, DFO Nagaon and others for extorting Rs. 15,000/- per truck for transportation of illegally felled trees from the Salana forest.

Accordingly, R.E. No. 06/2022 was initiated at Vigilance P.S. as per approval of the Competent Authority. Upon completion of the enquiry, Vigilance Police Station Case No. 05/2022 U/S – 13(1)(b)/13(2) of P.C. Act.1988 was registered at the Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell, Assam, based upon the findings of the enquiry report as per approval of the Competent Authority regarding the disproportionate assets acquired by Bhaskar Deka, AFS, DFO S/O Late Badan Chandra Deka, House No. 14, New Town Path, Ulubari, Guwahti7.

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Brief of the allegation made in the FIR is that the income of Sri Bhaskar Deka, AFS, DFO, and his wife from all known legal sources are disproportionate to the assets acquired, despite of the fact that he is a government officer. Upon completion of investigation, and based upon oral, circumstantial, documentary and material evidences, it was proved that Bhaskar Deka being a public servant had committed criminal misconduct for his pecuniary benefit, and by corrupt, illegal means & by exercise of personal influence he performed his public duty dishonestly.

He was found to have committed criminal misconduct as he intentionally enriched himself illicitly during the period of his office abusing his position as a public servant,” the press release from superintendent of police, Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell further stated.

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