The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Saturday conducted raids at the houses of nine people accused in the Maharashtra Sadan scam, and found most of them own multiple houses, along with jewellery and bank deposits.
As much as 2.1kg of gold was found at the house of one of the accused, Manik Shah, who owns six flats and a bungalow in Pune. The ACB will check if the assets are disproportionate to his income.
Former public works department (PWD) minister Chhagan Bhujbal, his son Pankaj, nephew Sameer and 14 others have been booked in the Maharashtra Sadan scam.
According to the ACB, the squad, formed on the court’s orders, will gather detail information on the properties of the nine accused – information commissioner Deepak Despande, Devdutt Marathe, Bipin Sankhe, Gajanan Sawant, Manik Shah, Sanjay Solanki, Anilkumar Gaikwad, Arun Devdhar and Harish Patil. Some of them are government officials.
At Deshpande’s house, 1.53kg of gold, 27kg silver and bonds and deposits worth Rs 2.68crore were found. Deshpande has four flats in Thane and one in Pune, four plots and a shop in Aurangabad. He owns to four-wheelers. ACB officials are yet to open his four lockers. The ACB has also found documents pertaining to a deal of Rs 6crore in the name of one Ketan Shah from Sankhe’s house, who owns four flats and a bungalow in Mumbai.
Officials have found that one accused, Anil gaikwad, has three four-wheelers – an Audi, a Honda Accord and a sports car.
Kishor Jadhav, additional commissioner of police, ACB said, “The raids will continue on other accuseds’ houses.”
Officials also said details of the foreign trips made by the accused are being looked into.