Roshan Lal is a Station House Officer (SHO) of Kalyanpuri Police Station. His monthly salary: Rs 40,000. The alleged worth of the assets he amassed in his career spanning over 30 years: Rs 20 crore.
The facts sound disproportionate?
Well, Lal, allegedly, also owns three hotels in Paharganj in Central Delhi, besides a cinema hall in Farukkabad, Uttar Pradesh, and a number of other properties in Delhi and NCR.
These facts came to light after the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) raided his office on Tuesday. The ACB registered a case of amassing assets disproportionate to his income, misconduct, conspiracy and cheating against Lal.
The ACB officials conducted simultaneous searches at his Karol Bagh residence, his office in Kalyanpuri Police Station, the three hotels and the cinema hall in Farukkabad. The team has also seized a bank account.
According to ACB officials Lal allegedly owns three hotels — India International, Silver Shine and Carlo Castle — in the Paharganj area. They added that Lal allegedly registered all these properties in the names of his father, Rajender Lal, and his brother.
“One hotel was registered under the name of his father while the other two were registered under his brother’s name,” said an ACB official on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorized to speak to the media.
Allegedly, Lal also owns the cinema hall, Laxmi Talkies, in Farukkabad and that he has assets worth around Rs 20 crore, the official said.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (ACB) of the Delhi Government I.D. Shukla confirmed that charges related to cheating, conspiracy and amassing disproportionate assets had been framed. Shukla declined to divulge any other information, saying the matter was under investigation.
Roshan Lal, meanwhile, said, "I have nothing to do with these properties. These properties are owned by my father and brother."
When contacted, a top Delhi Police officer on the condition of anonymity, said action would be taken against the officer after the ACB report arrives. The ACB officials who failed to trace Lal in person were unable to question him.