Chief Minister Nitish Kumar suspends Muzaffarpur SSP in corruption case
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has suspended Muzaffarpur SSP Vivek Kumar after meeting Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and DGP KS Dwivedi.
Vivek Kumar is being searched by the Special Vigilance Unit (SVU) of the Bihar police for more than 24 hours in connection with the disproportionate asset case.
The vigilance found that the 2007 batch IPS officer has amassed wealth three times than his known source of income in the last ten years.
During the search, the vigilance team has recovered Rs 45,000 in old currency and three illegal arms from his residence.
The raids at his residence in Muzaffarpur were conducted on Monday afternoon and continued throughout the day on Tuesday. An FIR was registered against the SSP under Prevention of Corruption Act.
The government had received several complaints against him in the last few months regarding his links with liquor mafias and selling police stations at a price to the SHOs. The vigilance unit in its preliminary investigations found the allegations against him to be true following which raids were conducted at his several locations.
During the raid, the vigilance team headed by IG(SVU) Ratn Sanjay found documentary evidence of his links with liquor mafias.
Searches are also going on at his other locations including his native place in Saharanpur, his in-laws place in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Noida. The vigilance unit has also recovered Rs 6.5 lakh, jewellery worth Rs 5.5 lakh.
The vigilance unit also found details of Vivek Kumar's properties in Noida and Kanpur. These details surfaced after the SVU scanned through details in his laptop.
It has also come to light that Kumar invested Rs 2 crore in the name of his in-laws through more than 100 fixed deposits.
Fixed deposit worth Rs 22 lakh were found in the name of his wife Nidhi Karnwal, a housewife, alone.
Vivek Kumar was earlier posted as SSP Bhagalpur and he has acquired several properties there which are also being investigated by the vigilance department.