New Delhi: In a respite to Rajasthan Chief
Minister Ashok Gehlot, the Supreme Court has rejected a PIL
seeking CBI probe into the allegation of corruption charges
against him in award of contract to corporate houses.
A bench of Justices HL Dattu and Chandramouli Kumar
Prasad dismissed the appeal filed against the Rajasthan High
Court order which had also refused to order any probe into the
The petition filed by Shrikrishna Kukkad, a resident of
Ganganagar in Rajasthan, was turned down even without issuing
Earlier, the high court, in May 2011, had dismissed the
PIL seeking a probe into allegations saying no ground is made
out for the investigation.
The high court had said that Kukkad had failed to provide
any documentary proof of all the allegations in order to prove
direct involvement of Gehlot in the decision making.
BJP had also charged Gehlot with seeking favours from
corporate houses for monetary gains to his son Vaibhav Gehlot
and daughter Soniya Ankhad and in turn allotting various
contracts to the two corporate houses.
The petition had claimed that since Gehlot came to power
both the companies of Muhnot group and Kothari group, which
are allegedly close to the chief minister, have shown
surprising growth in their business.
It was also alleged that a large number of government
contracts have been given to the companies owned by Kothari
Group as Vaibhav was working as a legal adviser with the firm.