Congress seeks judicial probe in multi-crore groundnuts scam in Gujarat | India News
Addressing a joint press convention right here, Congress leaders Rajeev Satav and Paresh Dhanani alleged that the multi-crore rip-off had hyperlinks to the chief minister’s workplace and different higher-ups within the BJP, who had been attempting to bury it.
Satav stated whereas the Congress had given representations to the state authorities to provoke a probe monitored by a Supreme Courtroom choose, it was open to taking authorized recourse via a PIL or different measures in case the federal government didn’t order a judicial probe.
Dhanani, who’s the Congress Legislature Get together (CLP) chief within the Gujarat Meeting, stated the social gathering gave a number of representations to the state authorities, which had began investigating the matter and 27 individuals, together with officers, had been arrested.
He, nevertheless, stated the bigwigs and the “actual accused” within the rip-off had been getting away.
Dhanani stated the rip-off concerned the procurement of groundnuts from farmers. He stated the procured groundnuts had been bought to millers and the shares had been then adulterated with sand and pebbles to point out zero loss.
He added that earlier than the Meeting elections, the federal government had introduced on October 24, 2017, that it might procure groundnuts from farmers at a better charge of Rs 900 per 20 kg towards an earlier charge of Rs 550 after the polls.
“We demand that the state authorities order a judicial probe into the groundnuts rip-off by a sitting Supreme Courtroom choose,” they instructed reporters, alleging that the rip-off concerned Rs four,000 crores.
“If the federal government continues to suppress the reality on this case, the trail to file a PIL or different authorized recourse is open earlier than us,” he added.
He alleged that the state authorities was searching for to bury the groundnut rip-off, the threads of the which had been linked to the chief minister’s workplace.
Dhanani stated the Congress was protesting in each district and outdoors the godowns the place the groundnuts had been saved.
The Congress alleged that a number of BJP leaders had been concerned within the rip-off, together with officers of the Nationwide Agricultural Cooperative Advertising and marketing Federation of India (NAFED), the Gujarat State Co-Operative Cotton Federation Restricted (GUJCOT), in addition to native politicians, who allegedly stole and bought off procured groundnut to grease millers.
The shares of groundnut had been then adulterated with sand and pebbles to point out that there was no loss in weight of the shares, the social gathering alleged.
The leaders additionally alleged that there have been 4 incidents of fireside on the warehouses the place such shares had been stored over the past six months.