Mumbai: Bombay High Court on Friday disposed of a petition seeking CID probe into the multi-crore Ghantagad scam in Nashik in which Sarobjit Singh, son of Chairman of national SC and ST Commission Buta Singh, was arrested on the charge of demanding one crore from prime accused Ramrao Patil.
Justice Ajay Khanvilkar and Justice Pramod Kode disposed of the petition after Maharashtra Government informed that investigations were over and charge sheet had been filed.
The scam pertained to the Ghantagad project of Nashik Municipal Corporation in which prime accused Ramrao Patil, a local contractor, got documents executed from his workers and without their knowledge misused them for purchasing vehicles with collusion of officials of a cooperative Society.
Patil obtained loan of Rs 10 crores in the names of workers from Dalit community and allegedly pocketed the money. One of the aggrieved workers, Keshav Bhuktare, filed an
FIR with Nashik police saying that the Society had sent notices to the workers asking them to pay Rs 10-15 lakhs individually for making default in payment of loan.
The prime accused Ramrao Patil then alleged that he was called to Delhi and asked to pay bribe of Rs one crore to close the case pending against him before National Commission
for scheduled castes. He paid the bribe and Sorabjit Singh was arrested in July last year for demanding the money.
The complainant Keshav Bhuktare moved the High Court saying that investigations were moving at a slow pace and demanding CID probe. However, the government informed that the chargesheet had been filed and investigations were over.