The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday arrested Sanjay Shitala Singh alias Sarveshwar Guruji (45) from Sahyadri Nagar in Nashik in connection with cases of cheating people by promising them Central government jobs. Chief judicial magistrate V K Yavalkar remanded him in three-day CBI custody till August 10.
CBI special prosecutor Vivek Saxena stated in the remand application that Sarveshwar had arranged two meetings of complainant Dr Prasad Prabhakar Sonawane with Paresh Thakur (32),son of Amravati Divisional Commissioner Ganesh Thakur,who has already been arrested by the CBI. Two meetings were arranged at Mumbai and Pune for negotiation after which Thakur had asked complainant Sonawane to pay him Rs 3 lakh through Guruji, the CBI remand application stated.
It was further alleged that after Sonawane had paid the amount,Thakur issued an appointment letter dated February 27,2009 signed by him regarding appointment of Sonawane,with immediate effect,as Nashik district Director of Maharashtra State Krishi Vikas Shilpa Kendra,an organisation implementing 20-point programme of government of India
Since there was no response from Thakur after that,Sonawane had approached the Planning Commission in New Delhi and learnt that the said appointment letter was fake. Thakur was arrested in May this year for allegedly duping several persons by promising to appoint them as directors of the Kendra in various districts in the state.
It is revealed that the Kendra was banned by the Government of India as some people claimed the kendra to be a government organisation and used its letter head to dupe people under the pretext of giving them government job.
Saxena told the court that Guruji was the mediator/abettor whose role was limited to collecting money from people who were promised jobs and hand it over to Thakur.