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PDS  salesman earns Rs 1,200 a month, owns Rs 50 lakh property

bhopal Updated: Sep 28, 2016 11:02 IST

HT Correspondent, Bhopal
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The Lokayukta special police establishment on Tuesday raided the premises of a public distribution shop (PDS) salesman in Sidhi district after they received a tip-off that he had amassed disproportionate assets.

The ombudsman team found PDS salesman Suresh Pandey, who drew a monthly income of Rs 1,200, owned three houses in Gendahwa, Bhawraha and Uttar Karaundiya. The sleuths also found that Pandey purchased four agricultural lands between 2011 and 2016 in different parts of Sidhi.

The PDS official also owns a residential plot in Semaria, four vehicles, including two cars, gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 5.5 lakh and a double-barrel licensed gun.

The raids also led to documents pertaining to eight accounts held by Pandey and his wife in six banks in Sidhi district.

According to sources in Lokayukta special police establishment, the raids so far have revealed assets worth around `50 lakh. But the worth of total assets is likely to rise, once the details of the eight bank accounts held by Pandey and his wife are revealed.

Pandey, who joined as a salesman of one of the PDS shops in 1996, earned a monthly salary of `300 till 2007. His monthly salary, however, rose to Rs 1200 after 2007.

Investigations revealed that his total salary income between 1996 and 2016 was not more than Rs 2.5 lakh, but the assets unearthed during Tuesday’s raid are multiple times higher.

Pandey will be booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 for possessing assets which are disproportionate to known sources of income, the sources said.