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Foreign currency seizure: Lokayukta sleuths to contact ED about former MP agri director

bhopal Updated: Aug 20, 2015 21:49 IST
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Lokayukta Bhopal raid

Lokayukta police tabulate jewellery and cash seized from the residence of ex-agriculture director DN Sharma, in Bhopal. (PTI Photo)

Lokayuktya sleuths will approach the Enforcement Directorate seeking information on whether former MP agriculture director DN Sharma had legal permission to keep foreign currencies.

On Tuesday, the special police establishment (SPE) of Lokayukta had seized American and Japanese currency during a raid at Sharma’s house. One thousand dollar and 15,000 Yen were recovered from Sharma's house, investigation officer Mukesh Tiwari said.

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“We have to check whether foreign currency has been illegally brought. According to forex rules, a person can keep up to a certain amount of foreign currency only with himself…," Tiwari told HT.

He added that the SPE would write a letter to the ED seeking information in this regard.

Following a complaint against Sharma, the SPE had raided two houses of Sharma and unearthed illegal properties worth over Rs 5 crore.

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The SPE also seized Rs 5 lakh cash, 20 bank accounts, four luxury four-wheelers, two bikes, ornaments worth Rs 20 lakh, documents related to investment in five private limited firms and lands among others.

The documents revealed that Sharma had purchased 26 acre of agriculture land at Sonari village in 2014 in his daughter-in-law Kanika Sharma's name. It was also found that he had bought three-acre land in various parts of Bhopal, three houses in Ayodhya Nagar, a duplex at Emerald Park City and an HIG House at Katara Hills.

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