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Municipal Commissioner held in 2001 earthquake rehab scam case

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 19:21

Bhavnagar/Ahmedabad: A top official of the
Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation was arrested today in
connection with a scam related to the 2001 earthquake in Kutch
district, police said.

Bhavnagar Municipal Commissioner Pradeep Sharma was
arrested by the Gujarat CID from his residence, for his
alleged involvement in the earthquake rehabilitation scam
during his tenure between May 2003-June 2006 in the district,
they said.

The IAS officer was posted as the District Collector
of Kutch after the earthquake.

"We have arrested Sharma in connection with a case
registered against him in Bhuj," CID Crime chief VV Rabari
told PTI.

Two or three more persons in Bhuj have also been
arrested in this regard and further investigation are on in
the case, he said.

CID crime was asked to investigate the case following
an order from Bhuj court, he added.

Police sources said that Sharma was accused of
irregularities in the rehabilitation programme.


First Published: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 19:21

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