//Rs 30 lakh cash found in cop's bank locker

Rs 30 lakh cash found in cop's bank locker

VADODARA: Tainted cop JJ Sarvaiya may face more trouble as the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) sleuths have found huge amount of cash stashed in a bank’s locker hired by his wife. ACB officials on Friday found cash worth Rs 30 lakh from the State Bank of India’s (SBI) locker that was in the name of Sarvaiya’s wife Nita.

The locker was rented by Nita in Amargadh branch of SBI in Shihor taluka in Bhavnagar. “We have found Rs 30 lakh cash in the locker rented by Sarvaiya’s wife. We have learnt that the locker was being operated by Sarvaiya himself,” said JR Tiwari, assistant director, ACB.

“Also, Rs 6.03 lakh have been deposited in the same bank in a savings account held jointly by Sarvaiya and his wife. Sarvaiya belongs to Hathisana village near Amargadh,” said Tiwari, who is being assisted by police inspectors GV Barot and JT Sonara in the investigations. A local court remanded Sarvaiya to three days of police custody late on Thursday night.

ACB officials, who are probing the case, have been trying to find out various bank accounts held by Sarvaiya or his relatives. The sleuths had found Rs 9 lakh from Sarvaiya’s car apart from gold and silver ornaments on Thursday.

The ACB sleuths have also decided to investigate the theft case worth crores of rupees that was being handled by Sarvaiya. “We are trying to ascertain whether Sarvaiya had accepted money from any of the other accused in the theft case. If bribe has been demanded by Sarvaiya from any person in connection with this case then he can approach us,” Tiwari told TOI.

Sarvaiya, posted as police inspector with local crime branch (LCB) was trapped three days ago allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1.75 lakh from a person in relation with the theft of iron coils worth Rs 3.5 crore. The tainted cop had demanded bribe from Raju Sheikh to not include his name in the theft case. Sheikh’s friend Bharat Tambe had approached the state ACB following which a trap was set for Sarvaiya. “The FIR against Sarvaiya already says that he had demanded Rs 7 lakh from some other accused in the same case. Hence, we are re-investigating the case,” Tiwari said.

10 Apr 2009, TNN