3 ex-ministers booked for taking bribe in Rajasthan

Updated on Apr 30, 2004 01:49 PM IST

They were purportedly caught on video while allegedly accepting bribe for land allotments.

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Three ministers in the previous Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan, who were purportedly caught on video while allegedly accepting bribe for land allotments have been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act.

A case under various sections of the prevention of corruption act was registered by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on Wednesday against Gulab Singh Shaktawat, Chhoga Ram Bakolia and Takiuddin Ahmed, an official spokesman said on Thursday.

The ACB took up the matter early this week after real estate agent Ranveer Singh released to the media CDs purportedly containing video recordings of the three former ministers allegedly accepting bribe for allotment of a prime land in Jaipur in lieu of the agricultural land acquired by Jaipur development authority.

A local socialite Mini Siddhu who allegedly acted as a conduit between them and the real estate agent has also been named in the First Information Report (FIR), the spokesman said.

The FIR was lodged after recording statement of Singh who also handed over to ACB video cassettes and photocopies of various government orders in connection with the land deal, the spokesman said.

A special party of ACB on Wednesday seized from JDA office various files and other records retailing to the deal.

Sleuths of ACB would be collecting files and other records from urban development and housing department on Thursday, he added.

The video frames also showed KS Gehlot, brother of former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, and his close confident Damodar Thanvi, the then commissioner for handicapped persons.

However, Gehlot has given a clean chit to his former colleagues dismissing the episode as a political stunt by BJP.

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