The Lokayukta sleuths on Saturday conducted raid at the house of DIG Jail Umesh Gandhi and unearthed cash, jewellery and other assets worth around Rs. 20 crore.
The anti-corruption agency simultaneously conducted raids at Gandhi’s residence and his brother’s house in Subhash Nagar in Bhopal apart from search at his ancestral place in his native town, Sagar.
“We have so far found information about Rs. 56 lakh in bank accounts apart from jewellery and cash. Besides, there are properties including four houses, a plot and shops in different cities including Bhopal, Indore and Katni. The lockers are yet to be opened”, said a Lokayukta Special Police Establishment (SPE) officer.
Sources said that documents about fixed deposits worth Rs. 2 crore were recovered. Lokayukta officials said that they had received complaint about Gandhi accumulating property disproportionate to his known sources of income.
In Saturday’s raid, the Lokayukta police team found cash and jewellery his residence apart from documents about investment, cash deposited in different banks, insurance policies and papers about property.
Lokayukta official Navin Awasthi told media persons that assessment of the recovered property is currently on and it will take sometime before an estimate of all the assets accumulated by Gandhi could be made.
Awasthi said that there were insurance policies worth Rs. 40 lakh apart from fixed deposits and investments. Around Rs. 4 lakh cash was seized from the house. Gandhi’s family allegedly own a factory in Sagar.
Besides, there was investment made in shares also. Lokayukta police sources said that there was information about Gandhi having invested with builders and this was also being probed.
DIG Umesh Gandhi however said that assets recovered from his house are not his and he would explain their source in the course of time. The search operations were on till the filing of this report.