As many as seven persons,including taluka development officer (TOD) and assistant engineer of Anjar Nagarpalika,were arrested by the anti-corruption bureau and later sent to judicial custody in connection with Rs 13-crore debris-removal scam after the January 2001 earthquake that hit Kutch district.
Besides,five teachers from Rapar taluka have also come under scanner. Their handwriting samples have been sent to the FSL and action against those accused would be taken based on the reports. The scam is spread across six talukas of Kutch-Bhuj,Rapar,Bhachau,Anjar,Gandhidham and Mundra. In 2003,following an investigation based on widespread anonymous complaints,total six cases under anti-corruption act,one at each of six talukas,had been registered by the ACB.
Over 900 persons including officials of deputy collector rank,to taluka development officers,sarpanchs,teachers and two private contractors have been accused of billing the government for removing debris that had either been removed or did not exist at all.
In last 24 hours,total seven persons have been arrested and court have sent them to judicial custody. With this number,total arrests from six talukas have crossed mark of 120. The anti-corruption cases also named higher government officials like then Bhuj additional collector MH Gadhvi,deputy DDO MA Sayyed,TDO KV Bhalodia and deputy TDO R K Bhagora as accused.
In connection with Rs 90 lakh scam case registered at Anjar taluka,the ACB arrested then Anjar taluka development officer CK Patel (60),and then deputy executive engineer GK Nirwani (53),Jagdish Munshi (54),accountant Kanu Chavda (59),senior clerk Narendra Kothari (55),Shantilal Sorathiya (39) and Amrut Patel (69). For a scam in Anjar taluka,so far,77 persons have been arrested.
Besides,the ACB team in Rapar taluka has taken hand writing samples of seven teachers. If their handwriting will match to those bills signed by them,they will be arrested, said Rajkot ACB that made the arrest.