Imphal: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday registered a case against a former top official of the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), PMU-Makokchung, Nagaland, for possession of alleged disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 97 lakhs.
Earlier, sleuths of the central investigating agency conducted searches on the strength of Search Warrants issued by Special Judge (PC Act), Dimapur, Nagaland at the residential premises of the accused Bhagwan Das Jangade, then general manager, NHIDCL (on deputation from Border Road Organisation and now repatriated). A different team of the CBI also conducted searches in the residential premises of Ishwari Prasad Jangade, elder brother of the accused, at Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, which led to the recovery of Rs 5 lakh in cash and other incriminating documents.
It was alleged that the accused between April 2015 and April 2021, had acquired huge assets including movable and immovable amounting to Rs 1,76,05,422, including three separate bank accounts in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and New Delhi, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income to the tune of Rs 96,68,971.
Interestingly, the accused was earlier arrested by Nagaland Police and was in judicial custody till 2nd September 2021 (now on bail) after a video got viral where he was seen allegedly demanding a cut of 1 per cent as his share in every contract works executed by contractors of NHIDCL.