Officer incharge of ASI gardens in Six states booked by CBI in DA case

Hyderabad : CBI Bengaluru branch has booked a case under disproportionate assets against M. H Thangal, the deputy superintendent of Horticulturist, Archeological Survey of India, and serving as in-charge for six states including Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The accused officer is the authority to check gardens that fall under the ASI monuments in six different states.

According to the FIR, CBI’s Mysore team received specific information that the accused M. H Thangal had amassed assets worth Rs 1.8 crore in his name and that of his family members between 2012 – July 2019 which prime facie appear to be disproportionate to known sources of his income. He could not give a satisfactory account for the property, the CBI sleuths said.
 
“The investigation revealed that during the period from 1st January 2012 to July 2019, Mr. Thangal while working as a public servant, has acquired immovable assets to the tune of Rs 1.88 crore which are disproportionate to his known sources of income by 67 % and thereby committed criminal misconduct by intentionally enriching himself illicitly during the period of his office which is punishable under section 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (b) of PC Act, 1988.”
 
The accused officer entered the service as a deputy superintendent – Horticulture in 1997 and was posted at Archaeological Survey of India – Mysore. Until July 2019, he was leading the horticulture Mysore division of ASI having jurisdiction over 6 states, i.e Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
 
The accused is the authority to inspect the projects/works carried out under his jurisdiction for the purpose of maintenance of the garden, which comes under or are looked after by ASI.

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