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Land bungling case filed against Digvijay

The cases have been filed under IPC section 420 and Prevention of Corruption Act sections 13 (1) and 13 (1) D, reports Saeed Khan.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2008 02:51 IST
Saeed Khan
Saeed Khan
Hindustan Times

The Madhya Pradesh Economic Offences Wing registered a case on Saturday against former chief minister Digvijay Singh and seven others over land registration bungling on the directive of the Dewas Special Court.

The cases have been filed under IPC section 420 and Prevention of Corruption Act sections 13 (1) and 13 (1) D.

On January 3, Special Judge Karuna Trivedi asked the EOW to file a case against Singh, former housing and environment minister Chandra Prabhash Shekhar, former housing secretary U.K. Samal, industrialist Subhash Gupta, two EOW inspectors and others under section 156 (3) of the CrPC for further investigation.

Confirming the matter, Director General (EOW) SK Raut said the special court has sought a report by February 22.

The case dates back to 1998 when Singh was chief minister. At the time, Madhya Pradesh High Court had ordered that a sick industry — The New Precision Industries — in the Dewas Industrial Area be sold to pay off creditors’ dues. The MP Housing Board bought the 17.60-acre land for Rs 15 crore. It was then sold to Subhash Gupta of ShivOm Estate Private Limited.

On March 25, 1998, the state changed the land use from commercial to residential. However, during transfer of the land to Gupta on March 4, 1999, it allegedly did not tell the court that the land use had been changed. This caused the government a loss of Rs 25 lakh in stamp duty.

Alleging corruption, former BJP corporator Mahesh Garg filed a complaint in February 2004 in the court, which asked the EOW to probe the matter. EOW inspector Narendra Tiwari said it was not a fit case for prosecution. Garg again moved court, which again directed the EOW to investigate. Even this time, EOW inspector RS Bisen said no case could be made out. Both Tiwari and Bisen have been made accused in the case.

Finally, the petitioner moved the Dewas Special Court on January 3 this year.