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Gujarat Congress seeks CBI inquiry in IAS officer case

Last Updated: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 00:03

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Congress president
Siddharth Patel on Friday demanded that investigation of a case
against arrested senior IAS officer Pradeep Sharma should be
transferred to CBI as he has levelled serious allegations
against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
"Sharma, a former district collector of Kutch, has in a
letter to state chief secretary A K Jyoti demanded that the
chief minister should also be included as a co-accused in the
case in which he is arrested. That case should be immediately
transferred to the CBI," Patel said.

According to the police case, Sharma, while he was
collector of Kutch district between 2003 and 2006, had
allegedly sold government land in Varshamedi of Anjar taluka
to Welspun Company at half the price.

The FIR against him said that as collector Sharma had
passed multiple orders beyond his authority, selling 80,000 sq
ft land to Welspun for Rs 12 lakh.

Patel said, "In his letter, Sharma has pointed out that
the chairman of Welspun company B K Goenka, during the
inauguration ceremony of the company`s premises in Kutch in
which Modi was also present, had said that the chief minister
had promised to give all the facilities for starting their
unit in Kutch.
"And in return, Sharma has mentioned in the letter, the
company gave two cheques of Rs 50 lakh and Rs 35 lakh for
celebrations of a government-function called Sarad Utsav
in Kutch. Though there are no proofs of such transactions but
in this case cheques were issued in a name of a trust," Patel

Sharma is behind bars in the case at present.

"This is the case where chief minister has given the
order of registering an FIR against Sharma. When now it is
revealed that he had assured full cooperation to the owner of
the company, he should be included as a co-accused as per the
demand of Sharma and CBI should be handed over the inquiry,"
Patel said.

In his letter dated January 1, 2011 to the state chief
secretary, Sharma had written that criminal investigations
against him in the case of Welspun should be transferred to
CBI, as he was being hounded by the chief minister.


First Published: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 00:03
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