8 Jun 2023

Madhya Pradesh: Lokayukta Starts Probe Against Minister Bhupendra Singh On Complaint Of Congress; Minister Denies Charge

Bhopal: In Madhya Pradesh BJP, factionalism and mutual dispute between three ministers of Sagar region had come to the fore in the past. Taking it seriously, the party organization had discussed it with Sagar zone ministers Gopal Bhargava, Govind Rajput and Bhupendra Singh. Now once again Sagar zone is in discussion about Bhupendra Singh. In fact, the Lokayukta organization has started investigation in the disproportionate assets case against Bhupendra Singh, the minister considered closest to CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. 

Case registered by Lokayukta on complaint of Cong

The Congress is alleging that Urban Administration and Development Minister Bhupendra Singh and his family have acquired immense wealth by misusing their position and influence between 2008 and 2018. The Congress had complained about this in the Lokayukta organization on 11 May 2023. However, minister Bhupendra Singh has termed Congress's allegations as baseless. Bhupendra Singh said that he is going to file a defamation case in this matter. But in the meantime, on the complaint of Congress leaders, the Lokayukta organization has sought an inquiry report.

Had also supervised the 'Mahakal Lok' corridor project

The cse comes at a time when the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh are just five months away and the ruling BJP is trying hard to reduce the anti-incumbency feeling and the growing sentiment of people against the corruption allegations against the BJP government.

Bhupendra Singh (63), MLA from Khurai in Sagar district, had also supervised the 'Mahakal Lok' corridor project in Ujjain. Singh was the Home Minister (2013-2018) during the previous tenure of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.

46 crores worth of property in ten years

In fact, on the basis of Khasra records along with the affidavit and ADR report submitted before the Election Commission on May 30 last month, the Congress leaders accused Bhupendra Singh of having disproportionate assets in a press conference. The Congress had alleged that between 2008 and 2018, minister Bhupendra Singh and his family members had amassed unaccounted wealth of about Rs 46 crore. Along with this, it was also said that the income tax returns in the years 2018 and 2019 with an annual income of about Rs 7 crore also shows the acquired disproportionate assets.

Minister threatened to file a defamation case

However, on this matter, Minister Bhupendra Singh says that his movable and immovable property is not only ancestral but fully declared. He has made property on ancestral land by taking loan from banks, about which Congress is creating confusion. They will file a defamation case against Congressmen.

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