The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a prosecution complaint against Assam forest official Mahat Chandra Talukdar in a designated Prevention of Money Laundering Act court.
It may be noted that Talukdar was caught red-handed by the Vigilance &Anti-Corruption (V&AC) wing of Assam Police while taking a bribe in his office on July 13, 2017. He was posted as the divisional forest officer of Dhemaji at the time of his arrest.
Post his arrest, the ED also registered a case to identify the assets accumulated by him through corruption and charged him of committing money laundering offence under the Section 3 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
The ED has identified more than Rs 2.90 crore of movable assets and cash amassed by Talukdar as proceeds of crime. The arrested forest official could not explain the source to the ED of around Rs 19 lakh deposited in his account at the State Bank of India Panbazar branch.
The sleuths of the officers of the V&AC had searched his residences in Dhemaji and Guwahati and recovered over Rs 2 crore in cash and gold ornaments weighing more than 900 grams. The sleuths also seized tiger-deer skin, ivory, Bhutanese and Nepalese currency notes and several bank passbooks among other.