Navelkar visited China on his own expenses: SPE

The SPE on Thursday dismissed allegations that Sandeep Navelkar, son of Lokayukta PP Navelkar, visited China on state`s expenses.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2011, 22:34 PM IST

Indore: The Special Police Establishment
on Thursday dismissed allegations levelled by former Congress leader
Suresh Seth that BJP minister Kailash Vijayvargiya was trying
to influence the Sugani land scam case by taking the son of a
Lokayukta on a state-sponsored trip to China.

In its reply to the special court of anti-corruption and
additional session judge G S Dubey, the SPE said Sandeep
Navelkar, son of Lokayukta P P Navelkar, visited China during
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan`s tour on
his own expenses and not at the cost of the state.

The SPE, which works under the Lokayukta, said the state
government had cleared the air on Sandeep`s trip in a press
release to this effect in the local newspapers.

The SPE termed the petitioner`s allegations as baseless,
fabricated, objectionable and immoral interference in the
proceedings in the Sugani case.

The court will next hear the case on November 25, Seth
stated in a press release here.

On September 23, Seth had filed a complaint with the
court alleging that Vijayvargiya was influencing the Sugani
Devi land scam by taking Sandeep to China in September, when
Chief Minister Chouhan took a ministerial delegation. The
court had then asked the SPE to file its reply by November 10.

As per case details, a three-acre land attached with the
Sugani Devi Girls College was given on lease to one Dhan Laxmi
Chemical Industry in 1980.

When Vijayvargiya was Indore mayor in 2002, the land was
allegedly bought from the lease holder by Nanda Nagar
Cooperative Society, of which Vijayvargiya was member and his
wife was president.

In its sitting on September 23, the court has fixed the
next hearing in the original case on December 19.

PTI