Three lockers throw up Rs 1.04 cr
Former assistant advocate general Haryana Anuradha Bali alias Fiza had amassed around Rs 2 crore in cash, of which nearly Rs 1.49 crore were recovered from her bank lockers on Thursday. The investigation team of the SAS Nagar police on Thursday visited Chandigarh banks to open all the three lockers in the name of Anuradha Bali.chandigarh Updated: Sep 13, 2012 22:37 IST
Former assistant advocate general Haryana Anuradha Bali alias Fiza had amassed around Rs 2 crore in cash, of which nearly Rs 1.49 crore were recovered from her bank lockers on Thursday.
The investigation team of the SAS Nagar police on Thursday visited Chandigarh banks to open all the three lockers in the name of Anuradha Bali. The three bank lockers contained Rs 1.04 crore in cash along with jewelry worth Rs 30 lakh. This is in addition to the Rs 92,86,160 cash, 1.5 kg gold and 800 grams of silver recovered from her house earlier.
As Fiza had not been practicing for a while, the recovery of Rs 1.04 crore from the three lockers raises questions about the source. Interestingly, all three lockers were last operated on December 13 and December 14.
As per the bank records, Anuradha Bali had named her mother Savita Bali as her nominee in the locker at the State Bank of Patiala branch in Punjab and Haryana high court, while the other two lockers in Punjab and Sind bank in Sector 47 and the Punjab National Bank, Sector 17, had no nominees.
Fiza's three sisters Monika, Aditi and Anjali were present with the police team when the lockers were opened on Thursday, but all three refused to talk to the media.
Addressing mediapersons later, SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said: "As part of the ongoing investigations under section 174 of CrPC, police party opened the lockers of deceased Anuradha Bali, in presence of a duty magistrate. We have got the videography of the entire process done."
Bhullar added: "We have seized cash and jewellery, which would be deposited with the state treasury. Cash and jewellery is all that was recovered from the lockers. The jewellery was found in the locker at Punjab and Sindh Bank in Sector 47, while the cash was recovered from the other two lockers neatly stacked in denomination of Rs 1,000 currency notes."
He further said the investigations were still on and the special investigating team would be corroborating all the evidence before submitting its report.
The highly decomposed body of Fiza, the estranged wife of former deputy chief minister of Haryana Chander Mohan, was recovered from her house on August 6. The medical report of the pathology department of Rajindra government medical college and hospital in Patiala remained "inconclusive" as "decomposed" heart of Fiza had failed to put light on the reasons leading to her "mysterious" death.
Which locker had what
State Bank of Patiala branch in Punjab and Haryana High Court: Rs 49.99 lakh in cash. Last operated on December 13
Punjab and Sind Bank in Sector 47: Gold and diamond jewellery, including a diamond set worth Rs 22 lakh (bill found).
Gold jewellery worth Rs 8 lakh, including earrings, rings, studs and nose pins. Last operated on December 14
Punjab National Bank, Sector 17, Chandigarh: Rs 54.99 lakh cash. Last operated on December 13
Details of accounts
Account in post office sector 47-D: Rs 2.8 lakh
Punjab and Sind Bank, Sector 47-D: Rs 448
State Bank of India, Sector 30: Rs 10,200
Post office, Sector 30: Rs 4.5 lakh
State Bank of Patiala district courts branch: Rs 21,000
State Bank of Patiala, high court branch: Five FDs amounting to Rs 21 lakh
Punjab National Bank, Sector 17, has Rs 36,000
State Bank of India: Rs 9,500
As there is no legal heir to the money and the property owned by Anuradha Bali alias Fiza, neither is there any will, experts say her sisters can claim the money. "Anuradha Bali's mother is also dead, so the sisters can claim right over her assets. But, they will be able to do this after getting a succession certificate duly issued from the court," informed a senior police officer.
First Published: Sep 13, 2012 15:43 IST