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E-mails lay bare MP minister’s ties with mining mafia

Madhya Pradesh industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya has close ties with mining baron Sudhir Sharma and Bhopal-based builder Dilip Suryavanshi, according to documents in possession of HT.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2012 23:24 IST
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Madhya Pradesh industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya has close ties with mining baron Sudhir Sharma and Bhopal-based builder Dilip Suryavanshi, according to documents in possession of HT.

Owing to the alleged ties, leader of the opposition in assembly Ajay Singh had demanded — following the June 20 I-T raids at Suryavanshi and Sharma's premises — that premises belonging to Vijayvargiya be also raided.

A substantial chunk of money and documents relating to the tainted duo might be hidden at the minister’s premises, he alleged.

A chain of e-mails detected during the raids confirm the ties. Sharma's secretary Sandeep Bhatnagar and his aides sent regular reports on mining operations to Vijayvargiya's son Akash. Passports of Akash and his wife Sonam, including a US visa stamp, had also been mailed to Sharma.

A mail from Sharma to Akash on February 4, 2011, read: "I have been hooked on this and haven't thought about it since the programme is really so easy a caveman can do it. If you put in enough effort, you can make as much money as you want. Get this deal while this offer stands.”

While the business proposition is unclear, the mail displays the closeness between Sharma and the Vijayvargiyas.

On June 21, 2012, the second day of raids, Sharma sent an e-mail to his associates, which was also marked to Akash.

After the raids, Vijayvargiya defended Suryavanshi and Sharma, saying they had worked together in Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

Vijayvargiya and Suryavanshi were not available for comment. Sharma refused to speak on I-T raids.