Indore: Cracking its whip against kingpin of Vyapam scam Dr Jagdish Sagar, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday took possession of his four properties worth Rs 9 crore. They include two posh bungalows and plots. A team of ED officers reached his residence located at IDA Scheme No 94 on Wednesday afternoon along with five police personnel with the notice declaring that his properties are under ED’s possession.
They pasted the notice on walls of all four properties. Of his two bungalows, one is under possession of Dr Sagar and another is given on rent. After affixing the notice on the bungalow, ED officers instructed tenant to vacate the bungalow within eight days. At the time of the action, Dr Sagar was not at home. He was in Bhopal. His daughter was present at the bungalow.
Though the ED officers tried to contact Dr Sagar to inform about the action over phone, he did not respond. They asked his daughter to vacate the bungalow. The plots, which ED took over, show costly plants. ED is scrutinising the VYAPAM medical entrance examination cases from 2004 to 2014. This initiative may reveal surprising names in coming days.
As reported earlier, ED booked a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Dr Sagar in 2014. In 2015 and 2016, it provisionally attached the four properties. Later, ED got the attachment confirmed from New Delhi court. Dr Sagar challenged the order at Indore Bench of Madhya Pradesh but lost on March 24 this year as the court rejected his plea. As a result, ED took possession of his properties on Wednesday.
The VYAPAM scam shook the state politics. The then state culture minister Laxmikant Sharma had to resign and was jailed. On the other hand, 59 suspected people including students either died or committed suicide.