Lokayukta raids chief forest officer in Bhopal, recovers assets worth Rs.42 crore

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 09:43 hrs

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh anti-corruption officials have raided properties belonging to Chief Conservator of Forest, B. K. Singh and unearthed disproportionate assets worth Rs.42 crores from his residences in Bhopal and Ujjain.

O. P. Sagoria, Deputy Superintendent of the Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta Police, confirmed the raids on Singh and the filing of a case against him for disproportionate assets.

"B K Singh, an officer of the Indian Forest Service of 87 batch, is staying in Ujjain since 2011. A case has been registered against him over disproportionate assets in Ujjain. In accordance with that we are conducting raids in Bhopal and Ujjain," said Sagoria.

"We have recovered cash worth five to six lakhs, a revolver and property documents, passbooks of the banks and Fixed Deposits. The raid is going on in Bhopal also," said Padam Singh Waghel, another official.

Clerk's house raided, Rs 25 crore retrieved

In yet another case, the anti-corruption officials also carried out raid yesterday at the residence of Arjun Das Lalwani, a clerk with the state electricity board, who has been accused of amassing wealth illegally.

Acting on a tip-off, Lokayukta sleuths raided the home of Lalwani, posted as Assistant Grade II clerk in the commercial section of Madhya Pradesh Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company at its Govindpura Office, Lokayukta SP Siddharth Choudhary told PTI.

Details of 22 properties owned by him worth crores of rupees were found, police said, adding, documents of about Rs 53 lakh invested in fixed deposits, National Saving Certificates (NSC) and in vehicles were also recovered.

They also found papers of 12 shops owned by Lalwani in MP Nagar, Malviya Nagar and Bairagarh areas of the city.

The police team found him to be owning four plots of land, two houses and two tracts of agriculture land.

The valuation of the assets found from Lalwani's possession is being calculated, the SP said, adding, police also found 27 bank accounts in his and his family members' names.

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