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Theme park: CBI court rejects closure report for 2nd time

Tells the investigating agency to probe the matter further.

In a major embarrassment for the Central Bureau of Investigation,a special CBI court on Friday rejected for the second time the closure report filed by the premier investigating agency in the case registered against former top bureaucrats of the Chandigarh Administration regarding alleged corruption in the controversial Amusement-cum-Theme Park project.

The court of Special CBI Judge Vimal Kumar directed the CBI to further investigate the matter. Having failed to investigate the case — for the second time — the CBI had filed a closure report in March this year. This was challenged by local resident Vivek Aditya. The first CBI closure report was rejected by the court of Special Judge Vimal Kumar on May 18,2012. A fresh probe was ordered on August 30,2012.

“During the course of further investigation,no additional evidence emerged against any of the accused. CBI has already sent a self-contained note to the Ministry of Home Affairs for taking action against Krishan Mohan,the then home secretary,UT,and Vivek Attray,the then director (IT),for departmental lapses,” read the second closure report submitted by the CBI on March 7 this year.

Aditya had filed a series of complaints with the Central Vigilance Commission pertaining to allotment of multi-crore amusement-cum-theme park project. He had filed a protest petition in the special CBI court which was partially accepted by the court on Friday. A detailed copy of the judgment was not made available on Friday.

As per available information,the court has given detailed findings while rejecting the closure report for the second time. The alleged scam involves former UT advisor Lalit Sharma,former home secretary Krishna Mohan,former director (tourism) Vivek Attray and M/s Unitech Limited through its managing director Ajay Chandra. All four were booked on charges of criminal conspiracy,cheating,destruction of evidence and corruption by the CBI.