A WRIT petition, seeking a CBI inquiry into an alleged fraud committed by State Director-General of Police Swaraj Puri, was filed at the Indore bench of the MP High Court on Saturday.
The writ was filed after Special Judge Akhilesh Pandya directed the SP, Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to register a criminal case against Swaraj Puri, his son Shreyas Puri and local businessman Babulal Somani under Section 156 (3) of CrPC for concealing facts to facilitate Shreyas’s admission to an engineering college.
The writ was filed by former Indore corporator and social worker Mahesh Garg through counsel Manohar Dalal. The Indore district court on Friday evening also asked the EOW to submit an inquiry report into the alleged fraud by September 27 and complete investigation within a month. The Special Judge issued the order after a complaint filed by Mahesh Garg.
The complainant alleged that Shreyas got admission in Govindram Saxeria Institute of Technology and Science (SGSITS), Indore, under NRI quota in 2001 on the basis that his grandfather Babulal Somani resided in the US. Somani paid $3000 a year as Shreyas’s fee at SGSITS besides $1500 as caution money. In all Somani paid $16,500 (Rs 7.75 lakh) for Shreyas, who completed BE (electronics and instrumentation engineering) from SGSITS in April 2006.
According to the complainant, Somani was neither a paternal nor maternal grandfather of Shreyas. In the local voter list, the name of Swaraj Puri’s father is recorded as Vidyasagar Puri. The complaint sought to know the relation between Puri and Somani and what prompted the latter to pay the fees of Shreyas. The complainant alleged that Somani was involved in hawala transactions and the DGP has been supporting him in his business.
Somani sponsored Shreyas’s college studies as gratification, the complainant alleged. The writ accused Swaraj Puri of using his influence to stop Aaj Tak TV news channel telecasting the news. The DGP could not be contacted on his cellphone despite repeated efforts.