Rs 50 lakh unaccounted money seized from highways engineer’s house

Rs 50 lakh unaccounted money seized from highways engineer’s house

Sleuths from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) have raided the properties of a retired chief engineer of the highways department accused of amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income.

It is learnt they seized Rs 50 lakh cash. Sources said, officials received a tip-off that Jayaraman, who was chief engineer with the Tamil Nadu highways department, had accumulated wealth disproportionate to his income.

The raid was initiated after a first information report (FIR) was registered against Jayaraman for allegedly abusing his powers to amass wealth to the tune of Rs 36 crore, when he was holding the top position in the highways department until his retirement on January 31 this year.

Following this, they conducted a surprise raid at his house. A thorough search resulted in authorities finding money to the tune of Rs 50 lakh cash.

As Jayaraman could not attribute the source of the currency, the officials considered it to be unaccounted and accumulated by dishonest means. It was therefore seized, added sources.

DVAC officials also conducted similar raids at four other places including Salem and other parts of the state.

The officials, however, refused to divulge more information about the raid. “We can come out with the details only after consolidating the data and documents seized,” said a police officer.