GUWAHATI: Deputy Inspector General (DIG-Border) Rounak Ali Hazarika, who was arrested by Assam Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell in connection with a disproportionate assets (DA) case, will be produced before the court of the Special Judge on Wednesday.
Hazarika, who was the DIG of Border Wing of Assam Police, was suspended from his post on July 20 this year for his several foreign trips without prior permission from the government.
On the basis of specific inputs, CM’s Special Vigilance Cell conducted a probe on disproportionate asset case of the senior IPS officer. Finally, a case was registered in the Vigilance PS vide No. 06/2021 under sections 13(1)(a)(b)/13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018 initiated as per approval of Chief Minister vide No. U/O No. CMS (V) 07/2021 on Monday (October 5, 2021).
“During enquiry it is revealed that Rounak Ali Hazarika has possessed immovable and movable assets which is disproportionate to his known sources of income from 1992 to 2021. Raunak Ali Hazarika also incurred expenditure to the tune of Rs 1,74,12,974 as educational expenditure of his two children till date,” Superintendent of Police of CM’s Vigilance Cell, Rosy Kalita said in a statement.
“From the international travel history of Rounak All Hazarika, it was revealed that he travelled abroad nine times without permission from competent authority,” Kalita said.
Apart from his house at Hengerabari, the senior IPS officer also possessed a house at Dhirenpara (which has been used as a godown) and a residential house at Down Town area in Guwahati and a resort in his wife’s name in Shimla city.
Apart from a salary account in State Bank of India (SBI), the officer and his family members have accounts in Axis Bank, Yes Bank etc. and huge amounts are deposited in cash while he was posted in Bongaigaon from 2019-2021, she said.
“We have sufficient evidences against Rounak Ali Hazanka for intentionally enriching himself during the period of his office which is in contravention to Section 2(c) of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act 2018,” she also said.
“Hazarika being a public servant is in possession of disproportionate assets which is a criminal misconduct under Section 13(1) (b) of the PC (Amendment) Act 2018. He owned assets that are out of sync with his legal sources of income where his net economic assets significantly exceeded the assets he should possess after accounting for the assets that he previously held and all legal sources of income,” Kalita said.
Hazarika was unable to satisfactorily account for how he could amass the pecuniary resources (cash deposits/cheque deposits in his bank accounts from unknown sources during the period of 2019-2020 which is disproportionate to his known sources of income, Kalita further said.
The percentage of his disproportionate assets is found to be 164.80%. The CM’s Vigilance Cell is preparing the inventory memo in connection with the case. Sufficient corroborative evidences like foreign currencies have been recovered from his residence, she added.
Notably, two other criminal cases (CID PS case No 33/2016 and Paltanbazar PS case 412/2017) have been pending against Hazarika for disposal.
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