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MP: Lokayukta search on IDA clerk, property worth crores found

The Lokayukta police on Friday raided the residences of a clerk, posted at the administration department of the Indore Development Authority, and unearthed assets worth over a few crores, disproportionate to his known sources of income.

bhopal Updated: Dec 10, 2016 17:25 IST
Lokayukta police search the house of Rajendra Birthare in Indore on Friday.
Lokayukta police search the house of Rajendra Birthare in Indore on Friday. (Shankar Mourya/HT photo)

The Lokayukta police on Friday raided the residences of a clerk, posted at the administration department of the Indore Development Authority, and unearthed assets worth over a few crores, disproportionate to his known sources of income.

A 10-member Lokayukta special police establishment team reached the Sant Nagar residence of Rajendra Birthare, a grade II clerk, in the morning.

During the 4-hour raid, the lokayuktya police gathered details of assets, including 1,460 sq ft plot at Sant Nagar scheme no 114, three-storey house in Sant Nagar, two 8.5 acre plots at Maheshwar and Sejgaon towns, five four-wheelers, four two-wheelers, jewellery worth several lakhs besides other property details.

Deputy superintendent (lokayukta) Daulat Singh Parihar said some of the properties were registered in the name of Birthare’s wife Mangalabai and three sons -- Ravindra, Vikas and Sumit. All the four were present in the house during the raid.

“The raid was conducted after the department got a tip-off against Birthare for amassing property of worth several crores during his 34 year service. A case under Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against him. The exact value of the assets is yet to be ascertained,” Parihar said, adding that Bithare’s income from service and agriculture should not be more than Rs75 lakh.

The lokayukta has also seized Bithare’s bank accounts.

Son of a farmer-cum-milk seller, Birthare had bagged the government job in 1982. He was initially posted the estate department of the IDA. His three sons are small businessmen.

According to sources, Birthare, who is suffering from cancer, initially tried to escape citing poor health condition.

THE CLERK’S RICHES

1,460-square-foot plot at Sant Nagar Scheme No 114

A three-storey house registered in his and Mangladevi’s name at Sant Nagar

Two eight-and-a-half acre lands at Maheshwar and Sejgaon towns, in Khargone district, registered in the name of son Ravindra

One-acre land at Jhara village in Khargone district registered in Mangladevi’s name

A house at Talawali Chanda area in Indore registered in his name

Property on one-and-a-half hectare land at Talawali Chanda area in Indore registered in the name of son Ravindra

A paan shop on Talawali Chanda main road registered in the name of son Sumit

Nine vehicles, including five four-wheelers and four two-wheelers

Jewellery worth several lakhs.