A Public Works Department (PWD) time-keeper, who began his career as a daily-wager, stunned the Lokayukta Police when they unearthed vast assets, including properties worth more than Rs 12 crore, during a raid at his luxurious bungalow in Indore’s Tilaknagar area on Friday.
Among some of the movable and immovable assets owned by the PWD employee were 14 houses in and around Indore, 11 agriculture plots , nearly two dozen bottles of foreign liquor, Rs 26 lakh in cash, including currency kept in a bank locker, and Rs 46 lakh in a bank account.
The Lokayukta Police, who was yet to raid some of his houses including his government accommodation in Palasia, said the registered value of the properties ran into more than Rs 12 crore but did not speculate on the market price which could be much more given that most properties owned were in Madhya Pradesh’s biggest city, Indore.
Gurukrupal Singh got his first job in the PWD as a daily-wager in the late 1980s and was promoted to time-keeper a few years ago. SP of Indore (Lokayukta) told The Indian Express Singh’s last salary drawn did not exceed Rs 22,000 and that he had invested no less than Rs 9.5 crore in movable properties.
Singh, who also owns two cars and a bus, admitted that his salary was not much, but claimed that most of his properties were bought using the pension his father, who retired from the Army in the 1970s, received. He also said that he operated a local cable service for a long time and that he took a loan for his palatial house in Indore. The Lokayukta Police, however, contested his claim, questioning why he began his service on daily wages despite the hefty pension and so many properties.