Wednesday, September 5, 2012

HC directive to govt in fund misuse case

The Gujarat high court on Friday asked the state government to inform what steps it intended to take in connection with the alleged financial fraud involving BJP MLA from Radhanpur, Shankar Chaudhary.
    In this case, Chaudhary was asked by the HC two years ago to cough up Rs 21 lakh, which was siphoned off by the legislator from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the purpose of building a school damaged in the 2001 earthquake.
    Chaudhary was accused of spending the amount for construction of his own private school. The court had asked him to pay the money back with 10% interest. The court had also ordered an inquiry against the erring officials and observed that if need be, there should be an investigation by CID (crime). Following these directions, the government set up a committee to look into the roles of government officials in this alleged scam.
    After nearly two years, petitioner-complainant Farsu Goklani approached the HC again complaining against government’s inaction. The state government on Friday submitted an affidavit stating that the panel might require six more months to probe roles of government officials.