The Indore Lokayukta police on Thursday raided the houses of the joint director of the MP veterinary department and two others and recovered cash, jewellery and documents that show properties worth cores of rupees, a top official said.
Joint director owns properties worth crores
The Lokayukta police raided the houses of Dr Shariq Mohammad Sheikh, his business partner, Kamla Nehru and city zoo in-charge Dr Uttar Yadav and recovered documents that show that Sheikh owns properties worth crores, said Lokayukta superintendent of police Arun Mishra.
Though Mishra said they are yet to calculate exact valuation of the properties, but sources in the department said that it could be more than Rs 10 crore.
Sheikh (54) has been booked under disproportionate assets case by the Lokayukta police, said Mishra, but refused to comment on whether Yadav would be booked in the same or not. “As of now, only Sheikh has been booked. I cannot say anything else,” he said.
Simultaneous raids started from 6 am at the residence of Sheikh at a three-storied house at MIG Colony, a goat farm at Baigram village in Mhow tehsil, which he owned jointly with Yadav and another partner and at Yadav’s house at Samwad Nagar in Navlakha.
Deputy superintendent of police Dinesh Patel, who carried out the raid at MIG Colony, said they found cash worth Rs 1.25 lakh, and 400 gm gold jewellery.
The anti-corruption ombudsman team also found documents of eight bank accounts, though they are yet to ascertain the exact amount in these banks, Patel said.
Sheikh owns four vehicles, including two cars and a couple of two-wheelers.
Official owns a hotel in Panchmarhi, several houses in Indore & a goat farm
Patel further said that so far they have found evidence to show that Sheikh owns two houses at MIG colony, a 13 acre-goat farm in Baigram and a hotel in Panchmarhi, which is in the name of his brother-in- law, Aslam Khan.
According to our information, Sheikh owns another house in MIG colony, which is being run as a hostel, a house at Srinagar Kankar, land in Joshi Guradia village in Indore in his wife, Farhat’s name, a Kalpataru farm house at Bicholi village on Mardana Blue Water Park road and a number of plots in the names of his relatives.
He also owns houses at Ashoka Colony in Indore’s Manikbagh, Chota Bangarda and Pioneer Enclave and three plots at Ahmednagar Colony in Khajrana neighbourhood of the city.
“We are verifying the information as many of the properties is in names other people. We have asked the owners to show their source of income, otherwise we will assume that the money has been supplied by Sheikh,” Patel said.