Whistleblower Prashant Pandey's wife Meghna was briefly detained by Madhya Pradesh Police, which also seized Rs 9.96 lakh cash from her alleging it to be 'hawala' money.
Flagging the police action, Prashant Pandey charged that his family was being harassed at the behest of the state government after the Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe into Vyapam scam and the mysterious deaths related to it.
Superintendent of Police O P Tripathi said that acting on a tip-off about hawala transactions at Laxmi Motors, a private firm situated near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, police kept a vigil and noticed Meghna Pandey -- Prashant's wife -- coming out of the firm's office with a bag on 25 July. Meghna works at the firm as an HR manager.
According to the SP, the women police officers searched her bag and allegedly found Rs 9.96 lakh in cash. She couldn't give a satisfactory explanation about the money so it was seized under section 102 of the Criminal Procedure Code, he said.
Meghna was later allowed to go. Police had informed the Income Tax Department and other authorities and further probe was on, the SP added. Prashant Pandey said the action was illegal and the money seized was their own hard-earned money.
"My family is being harassed at the behest of the state government after the Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe into Vyapam scam and the mysterious deaths related to it," he said.His family had earned this money by working hard for ten years and it was mentioned in the IT returns, he said."We live in a rented flat. We were supposed to give Rs 10 lakh to a builder to book a flat," he added.
Pandey had provided several documents regarding the Vyapam scam, which is about the widespread rackets in recruitment and professional courses entrance tests conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board. He has also filed a petition in the Supreme Court on the issue.
(With inputs from PTI)