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Govt,senior jurist struck deal to shield Modi in SC: Congress

Congress Legislature Party leader Shaktisinh Gohil has alleged that the state government gave away 200 hectares land.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
March 7, 2011 2:32:28 am

Congress Legislature Party leader Shaktisinh Gohil has alleged that the state government gave away 200 hectares land and a 25MW solar power plant to a London-based industrialist on recommendation of senior jurist Harish Salve. This was done to shield Chief Minister Narendra Modi from prosecution in a case in the Supreme Court,he claimed.

In a statement issued on Sunday,he demanded scrapping of the deal with Eros Energy and resignation of Salve from the case. Without specifying the case,he said the land and power plant were allotted without inviting tenders or bids because “Narendra Modi is embroiled as accused in the Supreme Court case where Salve is amicus curiae and his opinion can matter”.

Alleging “direct involvement” of the CMO and Modi’s close men,including Principal Secretary K Kailasnathan and additional principal secretary (home) G C Murmu,he said Salve first discussed a project and then wrote to Tushar Mehta,Gujarat’s Additional Advocate General,giving him details of the power plant.

Mehta forwarded the mails to the CMO and gave personal numbers of Kailasnathan and Murmu to Salve,Gohil said,adding: “Everywhere that Mehta wrote,he mentioned this is the project that Salve has recommended. It must be noted that before Salve’s recommendation,Eros Energy officials had met energy department’s D J Pandian and others but did not get favourable response. However,after Salve got into the picture,the power plant was cleared,” Gohil alleged.

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