DIPHU, Feb 08: In a latest development, residence in Guwahati and official quarter at Diphu and official chamber of Karbi Anglong Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Abhijit Rabha was raided by personnel of the Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption of Assam in connection with corruption and possession of unaccounted cash, assets and properties beyond known source of his income.
The anti-corruption team of the state raided his residence and official quarters after obtaining search warrant from the Special Court, Guwahati. The Anti-Corruption Bureau team seized documents and articles related to assets, bank accounts and LIC related documents, 4 laptops, mobiles, cash amounting to Rs. 6 Lakh approximately, 50 hand held talkie sets etc from all the three locations. Prior to the raid a case vide ACB PS case no. 01/2020 under section 13(1) (b)/13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, has been registered on Thursday (February 6) against Abhijit Rabha.
According to officials, Rabha was questioned on Thursday by the anti-corruption officials in connection with the suspicious cash deposits from 2011 to 2017 during which an amount of over Rs 4.12 crores was deposited in Rabha’s bank account with individual deposits ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 91 lakh. During his questioning, Rabha stated that he had earned an amount of Rs 45 lakhs by selling broccoli- which he said he had cultivated in over 16 bighas of land in Pajibindha village in Kamrup district but failed to explain the source of the other high-value cash deposits.
Meanwhile, his claim of of purchasing the land where farming was done was also found to be false as the land did not belong to him through statement of witnesses which has further tightened the grip on Rabha. Te directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption in their media briefing said that Abhijit Rabha have furnished a false statement during the inquiry and his explanation for the source of funds from broccoli farming are entirely false.
“He was given ample scope to submit the accounts for such huge financial assets while he was holding office as a public servant. But he did not cooperate with the inquiry,” the statement added.
It may be mentioned that Dr Rabha was posted in Karbi Anglong in 2009 as a Conservator of Forest. Later he worked for the Forest Department in the district in the capacities of the Chief Conservator of Forest and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest.