(G.N.S) Dt. 15
Properties and fixed deposits worth Rs 1.62 crore of a former Kerala cadre IAS officer have been attached under the anti-money laundering law in a case of alleged possession of disproportionate assets. The ED had earlier attached assets in the case and with the latest action, the figure stands at Rs 10.43 crore.
A provisional order for the attachment of the assets of the officer, TO Sooraj, has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The properties attached include vacant land located in Kerala, fixed deposits, bank balances, and investments in shares, held in the name of the officer as well as in the name of his family members.
Sooraj joined the Kerala government service in 1980 as a ranger in the forest department and he was subsequently awarded the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1994. The money laundering case stems from a chargesheet filed by the Kerala vigilance and anti-corruption bureau which charged him for amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.