The CBI has recovered Rs 2.15 crore in cash and jewellery worth about Rs 30 lakh from raids conducted at the residence of a Union agriculture ministry employee RK Sasihar’s posted in Kolkata.
The CBI sources said the searches were carried out in connection with alleged corruption and cheating in the issuance of phyto-sanitary certificate for plant-based imports from various countries. During the searches CBI found documents related to post office deposits worth Rs 32 lakh, of properties worth crores of rupees in New Delhi, Kolkata and cities in Bihar and Jharkhand and details of bank deposits worth Rs 44 lakh and fixed deposits worth Rs 5 lakh, officials said here today.
The searches was among the 26 places which were covered in the search operations conducted by the CBI from Saturday till Monday. The CBI has alleged that Sasihar was taking money from importers for allowing consignments on the basis of forged phytosanitary (related to the health of plants) and fumigation certificates.