MP Minister’s Brother-in-law Behind Rs 18 Cr Scam in State’s Marriage Assistance Scheme


Unearthing a scam to the tune of Rs 18 crores, the Economic Offences Wing has filed an FIR against Shobhit Tripathi, CEO, Sironj Janpad Panchayat, in a corruption case. Shobhit allegedly swindled the money during the lockdown through the Marriage Assistance Scheme in Bhopal. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan also expressed displeasure over the matter.

Shobhit Tripathi, who is the brother-in-law of minister Gopal Bhargava, was suspended as the matter came to the fore.

According to the EOW, it was learned during the investigation that Shobhit spent more than Rs 18 crores on 3,500 beneficiaries under the marriage assistance scheme between April 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. However, the further probe revealed that the beneficiaries consisted of many individuals who were already married.

The marriages for which the then CEO of Siron Janpad Panchayat withdrew the amount never took place as the government had banned mass…

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