Have you seen Rs 3 crore in cash, ever? Well, the Rajasthan police officials had to count a total of Rs 3.8 crore that they found when they raided the homes of senior government officials in Udaipur on Wednesday night.
A growing pile of cash had policemen in Rajasthan gaping as they counted what they had seized from raids on senior government officials in Udaipur.
The stacks added up to Rs 3.8 crore. The trail led the police to senior bureaucrat Ashok Singhvi, who was arrested at around 3 am this morning, for his alleged involvement in massive corruption in the mines department.
Singhvi and his juniors, including additional director Pankaj Gehlot, allegedly had a share in the bribe money.
Over two crores in cash was found from middlemen who were delivering the cash to a Chartered Accountant who was allegedly collecting it on behalf of the government officials. Raids at the homes and offices of these officials led to the rest of the cash.
The officials had allegedly shut down six clay mines in Chittorgarh, belonging to a man named Sher Khan, and then demanded the money to allow their reopening.
Pankaj Gehlot had 14 bank accounts, the police found.
The raids continued through the night. A middleman was caught red-handed with more than Rs 4 lakh in cash as he came to deliver the money at the home of a mining engineer.