As the ruling BJP and opposition Congress in Rajasthan continued to trade allegations of corruption, a complaint filed with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday alleged that senior Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav’s firm has been involved in financial fraud.
The complaint alleged that Triton Hotels, where Vaibhav has been employed since 2009, diverted shares worth Rs 10 for Rs 39,000 to Shivnar Holding, a fictitious firm.
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The complainants have alleged that Ratan Kant Sharma — the director of Triton hotels — was an old friend of Vaibhav’s and held the position of director in Vaibhav’s car rental firm Sun Light Car Rental Services.
“Investigations will reveal that the share money pumped in the name of Shivnar holdings is actually the dirty money of Gehlot,” the complaint, filed by Sooraj Soni, Rajkumar Sharma and Vijendra Singh, alleged.
Gehlot however, said there was no truth in the allegations.
“Vaibhav had started a car rental company in which Sharma had invested Rs. 10 lakh by purchasing shares worth Rs. 10 each. That’s all there is to it. Of course the complaint was filed by BJP. What do they mean by concerned citizens. The truth is that the BJP is in panic mode and therefore they are resorting to petty politics by using such agents to file these complaints,” Gehlot said.
“The BJP has governments at the centre and in the state…why dont they get charges against Vaibhav, Dushyant and (Robert) Vadra probed by a sitting HC judge…the truth will come out,” he said.
Admitting that some of those behind the complaint were from the BJP, the advocate for the complainants, A K Jain, said: “It is a much stronger case than the charges leveled against Dushyant. If Triton hotels offloaded 5 lakh shares for Rs 39,000 each, it must have assets worth Rs 1.95 crore, but all it has is one hotel.”