Bhopal: Lokayukta raid at CEDMAP chief yields assets to tune of crores

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2015 23:17 IST
CEDMAP executive director Jitendra Tiwari (left) watches as a Lokayukta official conducts search at his residence in Bhopal on Wednesday. (HT photo)

The special police establishment (SPE) of Lokayukta on Wednesday conducted a raid at the residence of Jitendra Tiwari, the executive director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development Madhya Pradesh (CEDMAP).

The SPE sleuths raided Tiwari's Arera Colony house early on Wednesday morning. The action was initiated after the Lokayukta police received complaint that Tiwari had amassed assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The sleuths said that as per assessment of his earnings, he shouldn't have assets more than R90 lakh, however, the search indicated that assets were worth manifold and were to the tune of crores.

"Tiwari has two houses in Bhopal including the Arera Colony residence and flat at Ansal apartment. He also has a flat in Indore, house and plots at other places including Guna and three shops at Inter-State Bus Terminal,", said superintendent of police, Lokayukta, Virendra Singh.

"Also, there is jewellery and cash in bank accounts, the details of which are being examined," Singh said.

Sources said that information about Tiwari's insurance policies, investment in shares and other assets were also being gathered. The search operation was on till the filing of this report.

"Assets to the tune of R2.5 crore that are disproportionate to his earnings, have been detected and the search is on," said a Lokayukta police official.

Allegations of financial irregularities were levelled at Tiwari in the past. He has also been accused of continuing with his post despite the end of his tenure.

Tiwari, however, questioned the raid and told media persons that the search at his residence was not proper as he was not a government official where Lokayukta can conduct such a raid.

Tiwari said that the assets were not at all disproportionate to his known sources of income, and said that he welcomed the investigation, which if fairly conducted would show that he was clean.

Lokayukta officials, however, said that the action was in accordance with law, and the raid was conducted after obtaining search warrant from the court. CEDMAP was set up with government assistance and it is with government funds that it conducts the training and other programmes, said the officials.

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