CBI recovers more gold from ‘tainted’ I-T officer’s lockers

CBI officials recovered another gold brick weighing 1 kg and 400 grams of gold ornaments, at a combined worth of Rs 50 lakh, from the bank accounts and lockers of the tainted Income-Tax (I-T) officer, Rakesh Jain, on Friday.

With Friday's recovery and the previous one ( 2 gold bricks weighing 1 kg each), which amounted to Rs 32 lakh each, the CBI has made a recovery nearly Rs 1 crore from the I-T officer. The I-T officer had been arrested from his residence on Tuesday evening (February 5). Two of his lockers, one in the Bank of Baroda and another in the State Bank of Patiala, Sector 22-C branch, were raided on Friday. Sleuths, however, said they did not recover any cash from Jain's lockers.

It is also learned that the I-T officer maintained a diary, which has been recovered, with names of well-known city residents who had allegedly paid him money.

Of the 50 names on the list, Ashok Arora, the complaint in this case, tops the list. A CBI source said Jain had written '2' beside Arora's name. He went on to explain that the two signified that the I-T officer had to take two amounts from Arora.

"Through Arora, Jain had approached another person. Since the amount of cash to be taken from that person was less, he had written '2'", said the source.

He had also marked '?' in front of a few names. These were the persons to whom he used to call for allegedly asking illegal gratification, as per the source.

The CBI has already frozen all 16 bank accounts of the accused on Thursday. Earlier, cash worth Rs 23 lakh and 2 gold bricks weighing 1 kg each were recovered from Jain's sector 22 residence. As per the CBI calculations, he also had huge investments in stock market.

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