DUPLEX bungalows, agriculture land, commercial and residential plots, a hotel and a hostel were among 25 properties a government official admitted to owning during a raid by the Lokayukta Police Thursday.
Though the Lokayukta Police refused to publicly evaluate the total worth of the properties owned by Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Ravikant Dwiwedi , privately they said the market value at the current rate could easily exceed Rs 50 crore.
Dwiwedi was at his home in Gulmohar Colony in Bhopal when the raids were carried out at his residential and commercial properties in and around the capital. The senior revenue officer, who had joined the state administrative service in 1987, tried to throw his weight around and refused to cooperate.
At one point he closeted himself in a room, saying he would not open it come what may. The official had served as deputy collector in some districts and was also posted at the state textbook corporation. He owns more than two printing presses in Govindpura in the name of his relatives.
Lokayukta SP Siddharth Chaudhary said several complaints had been received against Dwiwedi for amassing properties in his and his family members names, most of them in posh and commercial localities in Bhopal. He owns a hotel in M P Nagar and a brick unit in Mandideep.
The court said that since the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013, has come into force, there is no need for the court to issue any direction to comply with the law.