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Cheating case: Chargesheet filed against Thakur,aide

Thakur is the son of Amravati Divisional Commissioner

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: June 29, 2013 4:28:44 am

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against Paresh Thakur,son of Amravati Divisional Commissioner Ganesh Thakur (32),and his aide Guruji Sarveshwarji alias Sanjay Shitala Singh (45) who allegedly duped people by giving them false promises of offering them plum government jobs.

The chargesheet was filed through special public prosecutor Ayyub Pathan in the court of special judge Sudhakar Yarlagadda.

CBI officials said Thakur posed as the Director of state Krishi Vikas Shilpa Kendra (KVSK) which was to ‘implement’ the 20-point programme of the Centre. He promised people senior government jobs like district directors and divisional directors in KVSK by taking money from them. Guruji acted as a mediator and collected money on Thakur’s behalf. They accepted money from people seeking appointments in KVSK, a fictitious organisation,added officials.

Dr Prasad Prabhakar Sonawane,a resident of Nashik district,had last year lodged a complaint with the CBI against them.

According to CBI officials,Thakur used an emblem of the Government of India on his visiting cards and had red beacon on his vehicle to influence people. He was arrested in May while Guruji in August last year. Both of them are currently out on bail,they added.

As per the chargesheet,Thakur had approached Sonawane through Guruji in 2009 regarding vacancies in KVSK. They said the jobs were being offered to persons working in non-governmental organisations in rural areas. They told Sonawane that the KVSK post they were offering him was equivalent to that of district director,with a monthly remuneration of Rs 20 lakh. They demanded Rs 20 lakh from him as a processing fee.

In February 2009,Sonawane paid Rs 3 lakh to the accused who issued him an appointment letter signed by Thakur. The letter said that Sonawane has been appointed as the director of KVSK for Nashik district. However,after this there was no further communication from KVSK.

Sonawane approached the office of 20-point programme in New Delhi where he was told that the appointment letter is fake. Following this,Sonawane,however,managed to get back Rs 2.65 lakh from Thakur.

The CBI obtained details of KVSK from the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation,New Delhi,and found out that KVSK was styled on the lines of Krishi Bikas Shilp Kendra (KBSK),a society in West Bengal.

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