A probe into the disproportionate assets case against former Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE) commissioner Tukaram Supe has revealed details of more property worth Rs 3.95 crores owned by him and his family members.
On December 6, the state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) had lodged an FIR against Supe at the Sangvi police station for allegedly amassing Rs 3.59 crores, which was disproportionate to his known sources of income.
During investigation, ACB sleuths led by deputy superintendent Madhuri Bhosale raided Supe’s residence at Gangarde Nagar, Pimple Gurav and found documents giving fresh details about his properties.
According to a press release issued by ACB deputy superintendent Nitin Jadhav on Friday, Supe’s family owns a four-storey house at Gangarde Nagar, estimated at Rs 1,07,70,795.
The ACB said Supe also owns an apartment worth Rs 19.98 lakhs at Wadmukhwadi in Pimpri Chinchwad and a three-storey building worth Rs 1.25 crores at Vidya Nagar in Pimple Gurav.
The ACB has also found details of a four-storey building in Bhosari, estimated at Rs 65 lakhs, in the name of Tukaram Supe, his wife Kalpana and children Komal and Tushar Supe. It said Supe also owns an apartment worth Rs 15 lakhs at Wadala Shivar in Nashik. His wife Kalpana owns another apartment costing Rs 25 lakhs at Kalyan in Thane district.
According to ACB, Kalpana also owns a land worth Rs 3.42 lakhs at Murbad in Thane, three other farm lands—collectively costing Rs 10.7 lakhs—at different locations in Junnar taluka in Pune district, and one more land worth Rs 9.5 lakhs at Ambegaon taluka in Pune district.
The ACB also said Supe also owns a car, a tractor, two motorcycles as well as a licenced revolver, collectively amounting to Rs 23 lakhs.
It may be recalled that Supe was arrested by ACB in December 2021 for his alleged involvement in malpractices in the statewide Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) held in January 2020. An FIR was then lodged against Supe at the cyber police station under relevant sections of the IPC and the Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices at University, Board and Other Specified Examinations Act. Supe was then the MSCE commissioner. He was later released on bail and is now retired.
The ACB made multiple arrests in the TET scam. Police said the accused persons had allegedly taken amounts ranging between Rs 35,000 to a couple of lakhs from candidates to increase their TET marks.
During the probe, ACB had seized Supe’s property for investigation.
ACB probe revealed that Supe had acquired Rs 2,87,99,590 in cash and 145 tolas of gold worth Rs 75 lakhs–all collectively totalling to Rs 3.59 crore–more than his known sources of income during his period of employment between 1986 and December 2021.
Accordingly, a separate FIR of disproportionate assets was lodged against Supe. A probe into this case revealed fresh details of properties worth Rs 3.95 crore owned by Supe, his wife and two children.
“We are probing the details of the new properties. How much of the new properties are disproportionate assets will be known during further investigation,” said Amol Tambe, Superintendent of Police, ACB, Pune.