Guwahati: A government official amassing a fortune disproportionate to known sources of income by around 1200% within a short span of about eight years’ service seems to be a pipedream, but this has been made possible by an official in Assam.
This is none other than tainted ACS officer Sukanya Borah, who is now lodged in Central Jail, Guwahati. She is the owner of property worth around Rs 15 crore, as revealed in the course of the investigation by the CM’s Special Vigilance Cell. She is likely to possess property of even greater value, either in the name of close family members or associates, but she has not disclosed details of such properties during interrogation by the CM’s SVC. Only time and further investigation will now expose the true extent of her corruption. Permission has been granted by the court to the agency to interrogate her within the confines of the jail itself.
Of the many government officials arrested for corruption, Sukanya Borah may be the youngest, but she certainly beats them all in terms of amassing a huge fortune.
An official arrested on the same day, former executive engineer of PWD (roads) Samed Ali, last posted at Karimganj, possesses disproportionate assets of 114% to known sources of income. Another official, Bhaskar Deka, DFO Sonitpur, has a fortune that is 189% disproportionate to his known sources of income. Both are now in custody but refuse to open their mouths about their corruption activities, for which raids are still being carried out at their residences and other properties.
The two senior officials seem to be novices at amassing property when compared to Sukanya Borah, who now holds the record for the largest disproportionate percentage of assets at 1190.90%. Time and further investigation may increase this by much more, and it will not come as a surprise to many in the know, sources said.