Disproportionate assets case: ED attaches Sooraj's properties worth over Rs 8cr

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Kochi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday attached properties worth Rs 8.8 crores belonging to former IAS officer T O Sooraj in connection with a disproportionate assets case filed by the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB).

The order of attachment was issued by the central agency under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after the VACB chargesheeted him in the case.

The assets attached included 13 immovable properties owned by him including apartments and buildings in Edappally, Edakochi, Vazhakkala, Elamkulam, Aluva and Peerumedu and four vehicles registered in the name of his relatives as well as Rs 23 lakh in cash, officials said.

The case was referred to the ED after Sooraj retired from service a few months back since the VACB has no legal authority to attach properties of a retired government servant.

Sooraj, who joined the government service as forest ranger, was later directly got recruited to the revenue service as deputy collector. He went on to serve as district collector and managing director of different public sector undertakings after he was conferred IAS in 1994.

As per the VACB chargesheet, the official's earnings exceeded his known sources of income by 314 percent during the 10-year period between January 1, 2004 and October 31, 2014.

The VACB had seized several incriminating documents during raids carried out on his residence as well as premises owned by his relatives in Ernakulam.

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