EX IAS officer and former executive chairman of the Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Company Ltd (MEGA) Sanjay Gupta who was behind the bars since May this year was released on temporary bail Monday evening following the order by Gujarat High Court. He came out of Sabarmati Central Jail under police protection and headed home. He was granted relief on medical grounds as he suffers from multiple ailments.
Gupta was arrested by CID (crime) for his alleged involvement in Rs 113 crore MEGA scam. It has been alleged that in 2012 for filling land at Bhat Koteshwar-Motera for the construction of casting yard and a depot for the metro rail project, it was required to level the land before construction. In this work, more than 20 lakh cubic metre was filled and a payment Rs 147 crore was made.
According to the CID (crime), when the work was inspected it was found that only 9.42 lakh cubic metre filling had been done, the remaining 11 lakh plus cubic metre, whose filling cost is estimated to be around Rs 113 crore, had no record.
Gupta and seven others were and under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 467 (forgery) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Earlier on Sunday, Gupta was arrested against by Gandhinagar police in another case of alleged fraud to the tune of Rs 2.62 crore which was lodged in December 2014. On Monday, he was produced before the special anti-corruption court in Gandhinagar by the police seeking his further remand. In the meantime, his petition for temporary bail was allowed by the Gujarat High Court and the Gandhinagar court adjourned the hearing of remand application for a week.
The Gandhinagar police case deals with the alleged scam of 603 tons of TMT steel meant for construction for the metro project. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police AB Vataliya, the steel worth Rs.2.62 crore was never received while the payment was done. He said that the money allegedly went to Gupta’s company.