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Digvijaya to be chargesheeted for favouring mall promoter

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Indore, April 22, 2011
First Published: 23:24 IST(22/4/2011) | Last Updated: 00:52 IST(23/4/2011)

The Madhya Pradesh high court has directed the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to file chargesheet against former chief minister Digvijaya Singh and 11 others in a case of alleged irregularities and undue benefits given to promoters of a mall in the city.

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A bench headed by justice Prakash Shrivastav Seth passed the order on Wednesday while hearing a petition filed by activist Mahesh Garg.

The court has asked the EOW to file the chargesheet before a special court by June 30 and submit a compliance report to the high court by July 4.

Petitioner’s advocate Manohar Dalal said the order came after it was brought to the court’s notice that the EOW had failed to take any action since February 12, 2009, when an FIR was filed after a complaint was registered in July 2008.

 “There were correspondences between various government agencies and that is all they (EOW) have been showing to the court. But no action has been taken by the EOW till now,” said Dalal.

Dalal said the EOW was not handling the case properly, which was evident from the investigating officer being changed five times during this period. This was due to pressure from Digvijaya Singh on EOW officials, he added.

According to the FIR, Singh went out of the way to help Manish Kalani, promoter of Treasure Island mall, by changing the land use of the MG Road plot, where the mall stands now, from residential to commercial and by allowing mall’s construction on about 1,00,000 sq feet instead of 25,000 sq feet.

Notices were also issued to former minister Rakesh Singh Choudhary, Chandraprabhash Shekhar, AV Singh, Manish Kalani and his father Prem Kalani, UK Samal and three other IAS officers for giving undue benefits.


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