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PRO to ex-Dy CM arrested

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 20: Kewal Sharma, PRO to then Deputy Chief Minister, was arrested today by Vigilance Organization Jammu for accumulation of huge assets, disproportionate to his known sources of income.
A Case FIR No. 32/2015, P/S VOJ U/ 5 (1) (e) read with 5 (2) PC Act 2006 is under investigation against the accused Kewal Sharma,  son of  Gian Chand Sharma of Kachrial, tehsil Khour,  at present Patta Paloura, Near Petrol Pump, Jammu.
During investigation, assets in the shape of commercial and luxury vehicles and immoveable properties in the shape of residential houses in and outside the State worth crores of rupees have been unearthed so far.
Further, the documents regarding qualification, on the basis of which he has been appointed, have also been found to be fake for which separate case under FIR No. 20/2016 P/S VOJ is also under investigation.
During investigation it has been found that the accused managed to open bank accounts on fake documents and deposited crores of rupees in this fake account and the money has been utilized for raising of assets held by the accused. Since, the accused was not co-operating and divulging the facts as to how he had managed the opening of account on fake documents and the source of these documents, details of properties purchased outside the State, the source of fake and fabricated documents used for getting Government job.  To clarify these aspects, he has been taken into custody for questioning,   he has been formally arrested and after medical examination lodged in police custody.
Further investigation is going on.


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