MP: IAS officer, spouse refused access to dead man's locker

  • Shahroz Afridi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2015 16:14 IST

A nationalised bank has refused a Bhopal-based IAS officer and her husband permission to operate the locker of a dead man, triggering a police complaint that the couple were trying to access 'benami' assets.

Shikha Dubey and her husband visited Canara Bank's Arera Colony branch in mid-March, seeking to access the locker of Vijay Singhal on the basis of an affidavit.

The affidavit described Singhal as a brother of Dubey's husband and stated that he was also the nominee authorised to access the locker in his absence.

But bank manager Vipul Kumar Nath became suspicious and escalated the matter to his seniors, who stopped the couple from accessing the locker.

Later, Transparency International member Ajay Dubey waded into the controversy, filing a police complaint alleging that Singhal's locker hid the 'benami' assets and cash of the Dubey couple. He reported the matter to Habibganj police station.

Bank manager Vipul Kumar Nath refused to comment and said only the senior officials were authorised to give comments to the media on behalf of the bank.

An assistant general manager of Canara Bank said there was a dispute over the locker and that an internal inquiry would be conducted before any decision is taken.

Town inspector, Habibganj police station, Sudhir Arjariya said he had received the complaint but added that he needed more information and evidence for further inquiry.

Dubey didn’t talk to HT despite attempts to reach her, including calls and SMSes. Dubey is director at the state academy of administration while her husband, AK Dubey, is a retired principal chief conservator of forests.

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