Maha: Dy Collector allegedly worth over 118 crore, arrested

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) today claimed to have unearthed assets worth over Rs 118 crore allegedly belonging to a Deputy Collector posted in Raigad district of Maharashtra, adjacent to Mumbai.

The raids, which began late last night, were carried out simultaneously at 26 different premises belonging to Nitish Janardhan Thakur, the Deputy Collector, and continued all through the day, ACB officials said in a release here.

He and his family mainly owns properties at Alibag, Belcade, Kolgaon, Gotheghar, Chikhali, (all villages in Alibag tehsil), Kandivali, Borivali, Gorai, Vile Parle, Andheri and Ghatkopar (all Mumbai suburbs), and Murud, valued collectively at 118.39 crore, ACB said.

Thakur, his wife Meenal, mother Chhaya, and brother Nilesh have been arrested and offences have been registered under Prevention of Corruption Act as well as IPC  at the Alibag police station.

He has not been produced before the court yet.

The 36-year-old official was posted as Deputy Collector here from 1988-2010, and was suspended following charges of corruption two years ago, the release added.

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