Almost a year after the Sanjivani Credit Cooperative Society scam was unearthed, a local court in Jaipur on Thursday (July 23) directed that the state police should investigate the allegation levelled against Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in the scam, Indian Express reported.
The direction came days after the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee accused the minister of conspiring to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led government in the state. The Special Operations Group had already sent a notice to the minister in connection with a probe into audio clips which purportedly indicate efforts to lure MLAs away from the Congress.
Additional district judge Pawan Kumar directed the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court to send the complaint related to the credit society scam to the SOG. Shekhawat has been named along with his wife and others in the complaint related to the scam in which thousands of investors allegedly lost about ₹900 crore.
The Jaipur unit of the SOG has been probing into the scam since last year. An FIR was registered on August 23, 2019. Shekhawat was not mentioned in the charge sheet filed by the SOG in connection with the case. Later, a magistrate’s court also rejected an application to include him in the charge sheet.
The applicants then approached the additional district judge’s court, which issued directions that their complaint should also be probed. In their application to the magistrate’s court, complainants Gulam Singh and Laboo Singh claimed that a money trail mentioned in the FIR led to companies allegedly linked to the minister.
But the SOG did not probe the role of the minister or the companies, the two Barmer residents alleged. The complainants alleged that the SOG deliberately protected the minister and some others who did not figure in the charge sheet filed by it.
(With inputs from agencies)