The Centre on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to prosecute former principal secretary of mines Ashok Singhvi arrested last September in a multi-crore mining scam case in Rajasthan.
The trial was held up for 7 months for want of sanction from the Centre to try the IAS officer, which is a must.
In September 2015, the anti-corruption bureau had arrested eight people, including Singhvi, on charges of sanctioning 100 quarries illegally for money from mining barons, including Sher Khan.
Singhvi was in jail for seven months before the state high court granted him bail on April 21.
Former additional mining director Pankaj Gehlot, superintendent mining engineer PR Ameta and middleman Sanjay Sethi – all accused in the scam – got bail on the same day.
A top officer said the bureau will soon press charges against the suspended IAS officer in court.
“Without the prosecution sanction, the court could not take cognizance of the case,” he said.