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Gold stuffed inside sofa, Rs 25-cr assets found during raid on MP DIG Prisons

Bhopal, Nov 3: The Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta Police on Saturday raided the official residence of Umesh Kumar Gandhi, state DIG Prisons, and the home of his brother and detected Rs 25 crore worth assets, alongwith
India TV News Desk November 03, 2012 18:15 IST
India TV News Desk
Bhopal, Nov 3: The Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta Police on Saturday raided the official residence of Umesh Kumar Gandhi, state DIG Prisons, and the home of his brother and detected Rs 25 crore worth assets, alongwith several lakhs of rupees in cash, 14 bank lockers, and a tin carrying Rs 2 crore worth fixed deposit receipts.



Lokayukta inspector Naveen Avasthi said, gold and diamond jewellery were found stuffed inside a sofa in the official's drawing room. 

The searches which began at 6 am continued till late evening. Gandhi's official residence "Vaishnav Kuti" in Bhopal's posh Arera Hills were raided, and documents relating to five houses, and 14 plots were seized. 

Gandhi, whose monthly official salary is Rs 55,000 has amassed Rs 25 crore worth assets, Avasthi said. 

Gandhi began his government service at a salary of Rs 425 p.m. There had been many complaints about him, and the Lokayukta finally decided to carry out the searches, Avasthi said. 

Gandhi owns a shop in Katni, has Rs 40 lakhs worth life insurance policies, and owned Rs 2 crore worth fixed deposits. 

His brother, Ajay's home in Subhash Nagar was also raided, revealing cash and ornaments. 

Gandhi created a scene in the morning when he objected to mediapersons taking pictures of the searches.