petrol adulteration case: Court orders framing of charges against Petroleum ministry official

A Delhi court on Wednesday ordered framing of charges against a senior official in the Ministry of Petroleum for conniving with dealers in selling adulterated petroleum products.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 9, 2012 1:39 am

A Delhi court on Wednesday ordered framing of charges against a senior official in the Ministry of Petroleum for conniving with dealers in selling adulterated petroleum products. The court said there was prima facie evidence that he had abused his official position.

Besides Uday Shankar,Joint Director (Investigation),Anti-adulteration Cell in the Ministry of Petroleum,the court will also frame charges against his associate Sanjeev Kumar and Naveen Jain who was acting as a conduit and businessman S K Gupta.

The court said there was evidence to show that a conspiracy was hatched between the accused to sell adulterated petroleum products for which the officer received illegal gratification of Rs 7 lakh.

“It appears that all the accused persons have entered into a criminal conspiracy to do an illegal act. The record also reveals Uday Shankar being a public servant has demanded illegal gratification for an official act from accused Gupta,or in the alternative,he has demanded and attempted to obtain a sum of Rs 7 lakh…,” Special CBI Judge Rakesh Syal said while fixing August 9 to frame the charges against them.

CBI alleged Gupta used to deal with naptha,which were being illegally diverted for adulteration of petrol and the officer did not take any action. The court will formally frame charges for the offences of cheating,criminal conspiracy and corruption against all of them.

The accused in the case were arrested on May 22,2004,and the investigating agency alleged the official was apprehended while he was taking bribe.

The agency also accused the official of amassing property disproportionate to his known sources of income.

During a secret surveillance,it was learnt that he was allegedly accepting the bribe through Naveen from several businessman and officials.

“Further,the recorded tele-conversations reveal the close relation between Uday and Sanjeev and their plan to collect Rs 7 lakh from Gupta. Sanjeev had sent Naveen with a vehicle for collection of the amount,” the court said.

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