New Delhi: A former Enforcement Directorate official and his wife, who were found in a Dalhousie hotel possessing assets nearly thrice their legal income, have been sentenced to three years in jail by a Delhi court.

Special CBI Judge P S Teji sentenced 67-year-old former ED Assistant Director D L Vaid to three years in jail for amassing assets beyond his known sources of income between year 1987 and 1995, in violation of Prevention of Corruption Act.

His wife Kamlesh Vaid was also awarded similar punishment for aiding and abetting her public servant husband in his criminal misconduct. A fine of Rs 25,000 each was also imposed on them.

As per the CBI, Vaid had joined ED as assistant enforcement officer in 1971 and was promoted as enforcement officer in 1976 and then again as chief enforcement officer in
June 1987.

In December 1994, the CBI said, he was promoted as assistant director and remained posted in Delhi Zone upto May 1995 and that he acquired most of his properties from 1987 to 1995 in his name and in the name of his family members and mixed up his illegal money with the income of his wife.

Vaid acquired immovable and movable assets in the name of his wife, son and daughter, said the CBI, adding the ill-gotten money was used to start hotel business at Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, in Kamlesh's name. They also had various bank accounts with huge balance, besides huge investments and shares and paid hefty insurance premiums, the agency added.