Setback for EOW: Premchand Guddu gets clean chit
In a major setback to the State Bureau of Investigation for Economic Offences, commonly known as the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), a local court here has ruled that prima facie no case can be made against Congress MP Premchand Guddu, in connection with the alleged irregularities he committed while developing Bhaktawar Ram Nagar along with Ajit and Ajay Club and Royal Resort.
Along with Guddu, the court also discharged Dilip Borasi, resident of 493, Tilak Nagar Main Road and Prakash Narayan Mishra, the then deputy director town and country planning. The EOW had charged Guddu, Borasi and Mishra under Sections 420, 201, 120 B of IPC and Sections 13(1) (d) and 13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act in 2005.
The charges against Guddu and others were that he had violated rules and sold off seven plots measuring 20 by 50 feet, reserved for domestic servants, to general public. Similarly, he was also accused of selling off 18 plots, measuring 20 by 50 feet, reserved for slum dwellers, to general public. He converted one of the four gardens into amenities centre.
Special judge Rajiv Kumar Shrivastava, in his judgment ruled that so far as selling off land reserved for servants and slum dwellers is concerned, Guddu had taken permission for the same from the court of additional collector citing that no slum dwellers were there in the area where the colony was being developed. Regarding using land reserved for garden for increasing the area of amenities centre from 20,275 square feet to 72,250 square feet, the order said that even if this was true, it was only for the benefit of the members of the colony. The case had been registered by the EOW following complaint in this regard by Suresh Seth, owner of newspaper Indore Samachar.