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Bihar shelter rape case: ED attaches properties of Brajesh Thakur worth Rs 7 crore

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Bihar shelter rape case: ED attaches properties of Brajesh Thakur worth Rs 7 crore

ED claims Brajesh Thakur and his associates illegally siphoned off/concealed funds meant for welfare activities.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached immovable and movable properties worth over Rs 7 crore in connection with Muzzaffarpur shelter home rape case.

The attached property includes 26 plots of land, three vehicles, balance in 37 bank accounts and investments in mutual funds and insurance policies valued at Rs 7.30 crore, all of which is owned by the accused Brajesh Thakur and his family members.

Thakur is the owner of an NGO called Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti. ED's investigation under PMLA was initiated on the basis of chargesheets filed by the CBI and the mahila police station in Muzaffarpur.

The chargesheets revealed that the girls' children shelter home in Muzaffarpur run by Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti was found to be operating under highly questionable methods and several girls reported being sexually abused.

"Accused Brajesh Thakur, having overall control of running Muzaffarpur shelter home along with other members of balika grih raped girls and perpetrated crimes of sexual abuse, sexual assault, physical assault on deprived and abandoned girl children," said the ED.

According to the ED, Brajesh Thakur was the de-facto owner of the home. Kumari Asha, Brajesh Thakur's wife, is an executive member of the NGO.

"Huge funds were received by this NGO from the government and other sources which were meant to be spent on welfare of girl children and others. Investigations revealed that funds received by the NGO were not utilised for the stated objectives i.e. welfare of the children. It has also been revealed that the funds received by the NGO were illegally diverted/siphoned off for acquisition of properties and personal use by Brajesh Thakur and his family members," ED said.

The documents gathered during investigation revealed that donations from other sources/grant-in-aid from the government to the tune of Rs. 7, 57, 48, 820 was received during the financial years spanning 2011 to 2012 to 2016 and 2017.

"This is evident from the fact that funds to the tune of Rs 1,53,86,129/- have been transferred from the bank accounts of Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti to the bank accounts of Brajesh Thakur and his family members and that of Pratah Kamal (proprietor Rahul Anand, son of Brajesh Thakur) for acquisition of huge movable and Immovable properties and also for payment of fees for medical education of Mehul Anand son of Brajesh Thakur," said an ED officer.

ED claims Brajesh Thakur and his associates illegally siphoned off/concealed funds meant for welfare activities. This was illegally invested for the acquisition of properties and for personal benefits in an attempt to project the same as untainted.