Bhopal, August 4
The Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of the Madhya Pradesh Police, investigating a disproportionate asset complaint, recovered over Rs 85 lakh in cash from the Bhopal home of a state government employee who consumed a suspected poisonous liquid during a search on Wednesday, an official said.
While raiding the residence of Upper Division Registrar Hero Keswani, who is currently earning a salary of around Rs 50,000 per month, an EOW team also recovered documents relating to several properties worth Rs. several million rupees, he said.
#LOOK | MP: Approximately Rs 80 Lakhs in cash, property documents and gold-silver recovered from the residence of Hero Keswani, Senior Registrar of Medical Education Department in Bhopal. The economic crimes wing raided his residence. He was hospitalized after his health deteriorated at the start of the raid pic.twitter.com/FgK73jBMQx
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The search operation continued until late Wednesday night and a banknote counting machine was brought in to calculate the exact value of the pile of cash found at his home in Bairagarh area, said the manager.
The upper division clerk, attached to the state Department of Medical Education, claimed he consumed bathroom cleaner when the EOW team arrived at his home, Superintendent of Police (EOW) Rajesh said Mishra at PTI.
Keswani also tried to prevent authorities from searching his home and pushed them, he said.
“He was rushed to Hamidia Public Hospital. His condition is stable and he is undergoing treatment for blood pressure-related issues,” the SP said.
By the evening, more than Rs 85 lakh in cash had been found in addition to documents related to real estate properties and other assets worth millions of rupees at Keswani’s residence, Mishra said.
It is estimated to have properties worth Rs four crore, he said.
The lavish Keswani residence, where expensive decorative items were found, was itself worth around Rs 1.5 crore, the EOW official said.
The SP said the clerk started his job with a salary of around Rs 4,000 per month and is currently earning around Rs 50,000 per month.
Sums amounting to thousands of rupees were found deposited in the bank accounts of Keswani’s family members. He had bought most of the properties in the name of his wife, a housewife with no source of income, the official said.
The overall value of the assets discovered in the search will only be known after the completion of the appraisal work and the verification of the documents, Mishra said.