The anti corruption court of Udaipur on Thursday has extended the judicial custody of the 8 accused of Mining Bribery case till 19th November. Besides this the charge sheet has been presented in front of the court but the investigation of the matter will continue under section 173(8) of CRPC.
All the 8 accused were produced in court on Thursday morning from where their judicial custody has been extended. A number of relatives and supporters of the accused also reached outside the court to see their man, some of the relatives of accused Sher Khan wished him good health too.
According to AdSP ACB Jaipur, Shankar Dutt Sharma all the accused had been booked under the section 7,8,9,10,13, 14 of prevention of corruption act and section 409, 120(b) of IPC. He also informed that the matter started after 6 of the mines of accused Sher Khan were closed by the mining department after one Radhe Shyam filed a complaint to them.
A committee consisting of 3 members was formed By PR Ameta of mining department to investigate the matter and after getting the report, 5 of Khan’s mines has been ordered to be closed and for one he was served with a notice, but during the investigation of the matter the bureau team found that no such person (Radhe Shyam) existed and the whole story was created by the accused for the sake of bribe.
Sher Khan had allegedly given an amount of Rs 2.55 Cr out of which 1 Cr had to be given to suspended Secretary of mining department Ashok Singhvi, 25 Lac had to be distributed amongst the other people involved in the conspiracy and 1.25 Cr was the share of the accused Sanjay Sethi that had organized the deal. During the investigation it was also learnt that a private man Sanjay Sethi had given the points (Agenda) of meeting of Senior Geologist wing held at Jaipur in July 2015 to the Secretary Ashok Singhvi as during the verification of the WhatsApp the point shared by the accused Sheti to Singhvi matched with the points of the agenda of that meeting which was a shocking fact, Sharma added.
Another fact that is pointing towards irregularities in the mining department is that soon after the trap of ACB few of the mines owned by Mahesh Mantri and others got reopened. Besides this, ACB during its investigation also found that a huge amount of money had been moved from the bank accounts of Sher Khan. The bureau has also seized a number of bank accounts and along with that few mobile phones and Laptops were all seized by the ACB from the accused and sent to the FSL for verification, AdSP Shankar Dutt Sharma informed.
Shankar further said that though the Charge sheet has been presented in court on Thursday but the investigation of the matter is still on as many things are yet to be known.