ACB searches suspended IAS Nirmala Meena’s house in Rs 8 crore wheat scam
Undisclosed income and properties worth at least Rs 10 crore was allegedly uncovered during the raids. An FIR for amassing disproportionate wealth may be registered against the officer after a examination of the documents sized during the raid.
Jaipur: The Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau (ACB) carried out raids at the house and three other places belonging to suspended IAS officer Nirmala Meena in connection with alleged embezzlement of about 35,000 quintal of wheat costing about Rs 8 crore, which she allegedly sold to the flour mills in open market instead of allotting the same to ration dealers, according to senior ACB officers.
Undisclosed income and properties worth at least Rs 10 crore was uncovered during the raids, officials added. An FIR for amassing disproportionate wealth may be registered against the officer after an examination of the documents sized during the raid.
ACB conducted searches at the government quarters belonging to Meena in PWD Colony, her flat in Ummed Heritage and a house in Ashapurna Valley. Documents were seized from Jodhpur, Jaipur and Barmer. Searches were also carried out at the places belonging to two other accused contractor Suresh Upadhyay and clerk Ashok Paliwal.
ACB has recovered following documents:
- A plot in Mansarover area of Jaipur,
- A house in Gopalpura Bypass area in Japur
- Two plots – each measuring 17000 square feet in Kudi Bhagtasani Housing Board
- A plot in Rajeev Gandhi Colony in Jodhpur
- A piece of land measuring two bigah in Dangiawas
- A petrol pump and two bigh land in Uchiyarda
- 15 bigah land in Pachpadra
- A flat in Ummed Heritage
- A house in Ashapurna Valley
The accused IAS officer – Nirmala Meena – was granted anticipatory bail by the Rajasthan high court that asked her to assist ACB in its investigation in the scam. The next hearing in the case is on March 15.
ACB officials also quizzed Meena while carrying out raids.
The then DSO of Jodhpur, Nirmala Meena is accused of generating a false demand by showing an addition of 33,000 beneficiary families. For this, she provided commissions to ration dealers, who have admitted the same in court during recording of their statements, an ACB officer said. Apart from Meena, there are three accused in the case including a flour mill owner Swaroop Singh, contractor of DSO Suresh Upadhyay and clerk of DSO Ashok Paliwal. Swaroop Singh was arrested.