Corruption charges against law dept,former secy to be probed

A special court has ordered an inquiry in a complaint of corruption against the state Law Department and former state Law Secretary O L Pandey.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:April 2, 2012 6:31 am

A special court has ordered an inquiry in a complaint of corruption against the state Law Department and former state Law Secretary O L Pandey.

The court presided over by Sessions Judge M P Sheth passed an order in this regard recently while acting on a complaint by one Shankar Oswal,an Ahmedabad-based businessman. Oswal has alleged the Law Department has been,on many occasions,taking decisions on filing or not filing appeals in various litigations while committing corruption.

He has cited a case where a murder was committed inside his shop in Vatva GIDC area in March 2006.

One Mansingh Thakur and his associates allegedly killed a person mistaking him as Oswal’s son,Devendra. The Oswals

had a fight with Thakur over the possession of a property.

Oswal’s lawyer Vinod Brahmbhatt said that total five persons were accused in the case. One of them had fled from police custody following which five persons underwent the trial. And the concerned trial court,in April last year,acquitted all of them while giving them benefit of doubt.

“The concerned public prosecutor,following the acquittal,formally gave an opinion to the law department to go for appeal in the case. However,contrary to the opinion,the state government has not gone for appeal against the acquittals,” Brahmbhatt said.

He alleged the department has been committing corruption in filing appeals in certain cases,which needs to be inquired into.

He stated in their petition before the special anti-corruption court that they have sought direction to the department to produce records of all the cases of a particular period and the decisions taken by the department on it.

“Ordering inquiry on the petition,the court has kept the further hearing on April 3 when the complainant’s statement will be recorded,” he said.

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