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Retd engineer booked by CBI in DA case
A former deputy chief engineer of Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour Works, who had purchased a large number of properties in Chennai, was booked by the CBI for alleged corruption after he was found to have amassed wealth to the tune of more than Rs 3 crore disproportionate to his known source of income.
According to the Anti-Corruption Branch of CBI, Chennai, the official N Manickavelu, a native of Dharmapuri, was booked by CBI three years ago for allegedly receiving Rs 40 lakh as kickback.
After that case, the CBI has seemingly decided to dig deep into his financial activities. They found that the official had amassed properties and bank balance to the tune of Rs 3.03 crore in the last 10 years of service till he superannuated in 2017 while posted in Kavaratti. His wife, who died in 2016, too was working in the ALHW.
The CBI found that at the beginning of the check period, he had assets worth over Rs 29 lakh. But after 10 years, his assets stood at Rs 4.41 crore. After calculating his expenses and income during the period, the CBI team found that his disproportionate wealth was more than Rs 3 crore.
During the 10 years, Manickavelu enriched himself illegally and amassed wealth in his name and that of his family members, which is 169 per cent in excess of his known sources of income, officials said