Rajasthan IAS officer arrested for ‘key role’ in bribery racket

IAS officer Singhvi was found to have allegedly masterminded the entire bribing racket, in collusion with ‘middleman’ Sanjay Sethi.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: September 17, 2015 4:52 pm
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The Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau Wednesday took Principal Secretary (Mines) Ashok Singhvi into custody, hours after senior officials of the state mining department were reportedly caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs 2.5 crore in cash for resuming operations of a mine in Chittorgarh.

IAS officer Singhvi was found to have allegedly masterminded the entire bribing racket, in collusion with ‘middleman’ Sanjay Sethi.

The ACB teams had raided Singhvi’s residence and searches were being conducted at the time of filing this report. Singhvi was about to be arrested, ACB sources said.

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Earlier in the day, Additional Director (Mines) Pankaj Gehlot and Senior Mining Engineer P R Ameta — along with Sanjay Sethi — were reportedly caught accepting Rs 2.5 crore in Udaipur, by an ACB team led by IG Dinesh M N. The bribe was allegedly being given by mining baron Sher Khan for resuming operations of some mines he owned in Chittorgarh. Gehlot and Ameta were allegedly accepting the bribe for Singhvi.

“He (Singhvi) has been detained. We are searching his residence. He masterminded the operation with Sethi,” IG Dinesh M N told The Indian Express.

ACB Director General Navdeep Singh said Sanjay Sethi, a resident of Udaipur, had been running a racket whereby he would collude with top officials of the mining department and have them suspend mining operations. He would then get in touch with mine owners or operators and demand bribes from them to get the mining operations resumed, all in collusion with officials of the mining department.

The ACB had recently been tipped off about Sethi allegedly mediating the resumption of a closed mine in Sawa, Chittorgarh, owned by Sher Khan.

On Wednesday, the ACB team raided the office of Shyam Singh, Khan’s CA, in Udaipur and recovered Rs 2.5 crore in cash. Singh and Sethi were immediately arrested and later Gehlot, too, was nabbed.

In another raid at the office of the Senior Mining Engineer in Bhilwara, Ameta and Rashid Khan, another employee of Khan’s, were arrested and Rs 2.36 lakh recovered.

The anti-corruption crackdown is expected to blunt the opposition Congress’s attack on Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over the Lalit Modi controversy in the Assembly on Thursday.

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    Mukhtar Marouf
    Sep 1, 2016 at 2:31 am
    We have excellent hope for good future of our nation as we have honest and sincere duty bound officers in new generation...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Hats off to PS Pankaj Chaudary Saab in appreciation of his courage to stand against favoritism and resist injustice.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Our new generation is no more interested in and understand politicians' games and will defeat all communal politicians in all parties...
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      Rekha joshi
      Sep 17, 2015 at 8:09 pm
      Persons like IAS officer who have plethora of wealth,name,fame involved in such inhuman activities seems it remain skeptical for all that what type of behaviour few people born with.I'm not blaming a single but u all see urself around u what happened.
      1. Rajpal Tyagi
        Sep 17, 2015 at 5:14 pm
        Although these corrupt bureaucrats have infected the w system but Vasundhara Raje have lot of explanation to do. PM Modi was few days ago said there is lot of cleaning has to be done government employee. It seems he knew what he was saying. As 56 IAS officer have left central government posting since this government have come in power shows the intention of good governance.
        1. G
          Sep 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm
          Dinesh you are a real life hero, you were a hero in earlier stint as SP as well..dia is proud of you, we need officers like you in every state and districts of India....proud of you and Keep up the sam
          1. Dr.T.V.Gopalakrishnan Krishnan
            Sep 18, 2015 at 2:37 pm
            The IAS officers are the brains behind most of the corrupt practices. Instead of being role models , unfortunately they design the policies in such a way that corruption is given the importance and accordingly policies and procedures are laid down. The ease of doing business is handicapped and unless some hands are greased, nothing is easy in the Country. In every department corrupt practices are in vogue and IAS officers and other bureaucrats would be behind that.
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