Congress accuses Gujarat government of Rs 4,000-crore scam in procurement of groundnuts, demands judicial probe by SC

Addressing a joint press conference, Congress leaders Rajeev Satav and Paresh Dhanani alleged that the multi-crore scam had links to the chief minister's office and other higher-ups in the BJP, who were trying to bury it.

Press Trust of India August 10, 2018 10:45:30 IST
Congress accuses Gujarat government of Rs 4,000-crore scam in procurement of groundnuts, demands judicial probe by SC

New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday alleged a Rs 4,000 crore scam in the procurement of groundnuts in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat, and demanded a judicial probe into it by a sitting Supreme Court judge.

Addressing a joint press conference, Congress leaders Rajeev Satav and Paresh Dhanani alleged that the multi-crore scam had links to the chief minister's office and other higher-ups in the BJP, who were trying to bury it.

Congress accuses Gujarat government of Rs 4000crore scam in procurement of groundnuts demands judicial probe by SC

Representational image. PTI

Satav said while the Congress had given representations to the state government to initiate a probe monitored by a Supreme Court judge, it was open to taking legal recourse through a PIL or other measures in case the government did not order a judicial probe.

Dhanani, who is the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader in the Gujarat Assembly, said the party gave several representations to the state government, which had started investigating the matter and 27 people, including officials, were arrested.

He, however, said the bigwigs and the "real accused" in the scam were getting away.

Dhanani said the scam involved the procurement of groundnuts from farmers. He said the procured groundnuts were sold to millers and the stocks were then adulterated with sand and pebbles to show zero loss.

He added that before the Assembly elections, the government had announced on 24 October 2017, that it would procure groundnuts from farmers at a higher rate of Rs 900 per 20 kilograms against an earlier rate of Rs 550 after the polls.

"We demand that the state government order a judicial probe into the groundnuts scam by a sitting Supreme Court judge," they told reporters, alleging that the scam involved Rs 4,000 crores.

"If the government continues to suppress the truth in this case, the path to file a PIL or other legal recourse is open before us," he added.

He alleged that the state government was seeking to bury the groundnut scam, the threads of which were linked to the chief minister's office.

Dhanani said the Congress was protesting in every district and outside the godowns where the groundnuts were stored.

The Congress alleged that several BJP leaders were involved in the scam, along with officials of the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED), the Gujarat State Co-Operative Cotton Federation Limited (GUJCOT), as well as local politicians, who allegedly stole and sold off procured groundnut to oil millers.

The stocks of groundnut were then adulterated with sand and pebbles to show that there was no loss in weight of the stocks, the party alleged.

The leaders also alleged that there were four incidents of fire at the warehouses where such stocks were kept over the last six months.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Personal experiences, helplessness spurred us to fight for judicial reforms, say petitioners ahead of SC verdict on sexual assault cases
India

Personal experiences, helplessness spurred us to fight for judicial reforms, say petitioners ahead of SC verdict on sexual assault cases

The women who triggered the change feel there's still a long way to go in building a justice system which is intimidating for the abuser, and not daunting for the victim.

Supreme Court says it should not interfere in postings, particularly in Indian Armed Forces
India

Supreme Court says it should not interfere in postings, particularly in Indian Armed Forces

The apex court was hearing an appeal by an Army Colonel against a 15 May order seeking the transfer of his wife and him to far-off locations

Supreme Court upholds Centre's amnesty scheme on exotic birds and animals
India

Supreme Court upholds Centre's amnesty scheme on exotic birds and animals

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has upheld an Allahabad High Court judgment in this regard.