Corruption case registered against Digvijay Singh

Corruption case registered against Digvijay Singh
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Bhopal, Feb 11 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh Lokayukt has registered a corruption case against former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh and four others in connection with an alleged land scam acting on the directive of an Indore court.

The FIR, registered under Prevention of Corruption Act, names Singh, his close friend and Indore-based businessman Subhash Gupta, a former principal secretary (Revenue), former Indore Collector Mohammad Sulaiman and competent authority in Urban Land Ceiling R K Gupta, Lokayukt sources said here today.

The case, relating to alleged corruption as also criminal conspiracy, was registered yesterday in compliance with a recent directive of a court in Indore following a complaint by one P C Jain alleging that a five acre prime land in Indore was allowed to be used for colonising, the sources said.

It was alleged that instead of attaching surplus land near Dhar Kothi in Indore after annulment of Urban Land Ceiling Act in 1999, the competent authority entered into an alleged conspiracy with Singh and his businessman friend for colonising it, they said.

Subsequently, a lease deed was allegedly prepared by Sulaiman on the basis of instructions from Revenue Department following an application for allotment of land at a nominal lease rent in September 2002, the sources said.

Singh was unavailable here immediately for comments as he was away from Bhopal.

Additional Sessions Judge J P Gupta had directed the Lokayukt police to undertake an investigation into the alleged land scam under Section 156 (3) CrPC, the sources said.

The complainant had alleged that Singh was a `benami' partner of Gupta and that he stalled filing of a petition against an order of the Revenue Board which had cancelled steps for attachment of the land, they said.

The Lokayukt would now initiate systematic investigation into the matter and carry out scrutiny of certain documents, the sources added.

During the campaign for the assembly elections last year, Chief Minister Uma Bharti had accused Singh and Gupta of indulging in corruption and irregularities. Both Singh and Gupta had denied the allegations, terming them as "baseless and unfounded." Singh had also filed a defamation suit against Bharti in a local court a few days before the assembly polls.

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