The Rajasthan Police on Monday filed formal charges against former chief minister Vasundhara Raje and other senior state BJP leaders for their alleged involvement in the Deendayal Upadhyay Trust land scam. The police registered charges against Raje and other leaders following a court directive on January 9,and transferred the case to the CID crime branch the same day,as the scam involves sitting MLAs.
Gandhinagar SHO Aafat Khan said that charges under sections 420,409 and 120(B) of the Indian Penal Code (for cheating,criminal breach of trust by a public servant and criminal conspiracy) had been registered. On January 9,the court directed that an FIR be lodged within eight working days. The case has now been transferred to the CID crime branch, he added.
The FIR names Raje,former housing and urban development minister Pratap Singh Singhvi,former mayor Ashok Parnami,former BJP state president Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi,former housing board chairman Ajay Pal and other JDA and housing board officials.
The case came to light in 2006 following a petition by one Srikrishna Kukkar who alleged that around 7,500 sq mts of land was allotted to the Deendayal Trust at throwaway prices. Incidentally,Raje was then the chairman of the same trust and the land was sold to the trust for close to Rs 65 lakh while it was surveyed at close to Rs 50 crore.