Cong accuses Guj minister of taking bribe in bank fraud case

Seeking to embarrass the state`s BJP govt, Congress MLA Arjun Modhvadia released a letter purportedly written by a senior police officer alleging that MAmit Shah had received Rs 2.5 crore as bribe to help a bank fraud accused.

Ahmedabad: Seeking to embarrass the
state`s BJP government, Congress MLA Arjun Modhvadia today
released a letter purportedly written by a senior police
officer alleging that Minister of State for Home Amit Shah had
received Rs 2.5 crore as bribe to help a bank fraud accused.

The letter, claimed to have been written by the then
Additional DG (CID-Crime) Kuldeep Sharma to Chief Secretary
Sudhur Mankad in August 2005, was released by Modhvadia, a
former CLP leader, at a press conference.

The letter alleged that Ketan Parekh, the main accused
in Rs 1,600 crore fraud in Madhavpur Mercantile Cooperative
Bank (MMCB), which went bust in 2001, had paid Rs 2.5 crore to
Shah to get the Special Leave Petition (SLP) challenging his
bail withdrawn.

In his letter, Sharma referred to an application
submitted to him by a stakeholder in the bank Hasmukh Shah
about how a businessman Girish Dani had organised a meeting
between Parekh and the minister, who was one of the directors
of the MMCB, to finalise the deal.

Parekh was arrested by the CBI but subsequently
granted bail by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Ahmedabad, on
the condition that he would deposit Rs 380 crore in the bank
over a period of three years, Modhvadia said. Subsequently the
Gujarat High Court also confirmed the bail.

Bureau Report