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CBI finds no proof against Digvijaya in graft case

The agency had filed a report before the High Court stating there is “insufficient evidence” to probe charges of corruption against Digvijaya. The agency had filed a report before the High Court stating there is “insufficient evidence” to probe charges of corruption against Digvijaya.
Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Posted: February 13, 2014 12:59 am

The CBI has given a clean chit to Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in a case of irregularities in the construction of a mall in Indore during his tenure as CM of Madhya Pradesh. 

The agency had filed a report before the High Court stating there is “insufficient evidence” to probe charges of corruption against Digvijaya.

It took up the investigation in 2012 on the orders of the Indore Bench of the MP High Court. After probing the case for more than a year, it concluded that there is no evidence against Digvijaya, said CBI sources.

A CBI spokesperson refused to elaborate but said a report in a sealed cover had been submitted to the court. Senior officials confirmed it is a closure report.

Digvijaya, who had vowed not to fight elections after losing to the Uma Bharti-led BJP in 2003, was recently nominated to RS. The CBI said the allegations against him could not be substantiated. The agency examined papers related to allocation of land and the mall project and said it could not establish a quid pro quo.

Sources said the role of some MP government officials was under the scanner and departmental action might be recommended against them.

The economic offences wing of MP police that first probed the charges against Digvijaya and others in 2009 had also given a clean chit to the Congress leader.

However, it was challenged by social activist Mahesh Garg after which the court directed the CBI to probe the matter. It was alleged that Digvijaya gave favours to Entertainment World Developers, which constructed the Treasure Island mall with Madhya Pradesh Housing Board in 2002.

It was also alleged that the mall was illegally built on a residential plot and the project received undue concessions from the then state government under Digvijaya. The others whose role was under the scanner are former chief secretary A V Singh, former MP Housing Board chairman Chandra Prabha Shekhar, former principal secretary U K Samant and developers Prem Kalani, Manish Kalani, and Padma Kalani, said CBI officials.

Earlier, the agency had closed similar cases against SP chief Mulayam Singh and BSP’s Mayawati. It had also filed a closure report in a 10-year-old assets case against Sonia Gandhi’s aide Vincent George last year.

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