Assets worth Rs 10 crore found in civic body chief's residences

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Mandideep
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2015 21:55 IST

Assets worth Rs 10 crore were detected from the residential premises of the president of Mandideep Municipal Council in Raisen Poornima Jain by the Lokayukta police on Wednesday, officials said.

A special police establishment (SPE) team of the Lokayukta, led by superintend of police (SP) Biredra Singh, raided the Budhni and Mandideep residential premises of Jain who was elected to the civic body in 2011.

The papers found during the raid revealed that she had purchased 10.36-acre farmland in Chuwada village at Udaipura in 2012, two residential plots of 2,400 square feet in Budhni in 2013, an agricultural land of 4.95 acres at Gauharganj in 2012, an agricultural land of 25 acres in Yarnagar and an agricultural land of five 5 acres in Ramnagar in Budhani.

She constructed a bungalow in Budhani at Rs 58 lakh in 2013 and built a warehouse and a farmhouse at Gauhargang at Rs 1 crore in 2014.

Poornima, who also purchased six flats in Mandideep in the name of her relatives, has five bank accounts.

So, the SPE sleuths sought details of the accounts from the respective banks.

Similarly, the household items worth Rs 20 lakh and Rs 10.50 lakh were found at her residences in Mandideep and Budhni, respectively.

She also purchased a factory in Mandideep six months ago, said SPE sleuths.

Though the factory was closed, she was planning to reopen it, the SPE sleuths said.

Both she and her husband Raja Jain were using six four-wheelers and two two-wheelers.

The Lokayukta sleuths also detected that Jain had filed income tax return of Rs 6 lakh every year from 2010 to 2014 and spent over `10 lakh on the education of her children.

Gold jewellery weighing 265 grams and silver jewellery weighing 700 grams and Rs 84,000 were also found.

About 12 corporators of Mandideep Municipal Council complained to the Lokayukta against Jain about the assets she amassed.

Inspector general of police (IG) Lokayukta, Ashok Awasthi said, "We received a complaint in July this year. After the complaint was verified, the raid was conducted."

As the team found Poornima's Mandideep residence locked and came to know that she had gone to Budhni with her family, it rushed to Budhni and carried out the search, they said.

The SPE team then took Jain's family to Mandideep where another search was conducted.

Raja Jain was a teacher in a government primary school in Mandideep.

After poornima was elected president of the municipal council, he took voluntary retirement in 2012.

The Jain couple could not be contacted for comments on the issue.

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