A local court in Jaipur has directed Rajasthan’s Special Operations Group (SOG) to investigate the alleged role of Union Jal Shakti Minister and Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and his wife Naunand Kanwar, among others, in a Rs 884-crore ponzi scam case which is being investigated by the SOG since last year.
Hearing a revision petition by Barmer residents Labu Singh, 40, and Guman Singh, 70, Jaipur’s Additional District and Sessions Judge Pawan Agrawal ordered an investigation on the allegations made by them.
Following complaints, the SOG had lodged an FIR on August 23 last year and found that about 50,000 investors had been duped of Rs 884 crore by Sanjivani Credit Cooperative Society. Among others, the SOG has since arrested Vikram Singh, the founder of the Society and its first managing director, who was often photographed with Shekhawat.
Singh and others were booked under IPC Sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, banker, merchant etc.), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468(forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using forged document as genuine) 201 (causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).
The Society was registered in February 2008, and 2,14,472 people in Rajasthan and Gujarat invested Rs 883.88 crore till June 30, 2019, but no investor was paid after June 1, 2019. Petitioner Labu Singh said, “Seeing records and posters — which later turned out to be fake — and powerful people who used to appear in advertisements of the society, I and my family members had invested Rs 54.42 lakh — now Rs 58.91 lakh with interest — in the society.”
Advocate A K Jain, who represented the petitioners, said, “They had also alleged that SOG itself found that Shekhawat, his wife Naunand Kanwar, his companies namely Soorya Bhoomi Build Infra Private Limited, Lucid Pharma Private Limited, Nav Prabha Buildtech Private Limited and their other friends Rajendra Baheti and Kevalchand Dakliya were instrumental in the offence and money has been transferred to them as per the charge-sheet, but these persons were neither investigated nor the property purchased by them seized. Some property was purchased in Ethiopia as well.”
The petitioners had submitted a detailed chart of payments allegedly made to Shekhawat, his wife, and companies owned by them.
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