Saturday, October 15, 2016

Probe ordered against two top IAS officers - Gujarat

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered an inquiry against two senior IASofficers in connection with irregularities allegedly committed in allotment of land worth Rs 300 crore to two companies in Surat. The state government made this announcement in a short press release issued on Saturday.

Highly placed sources claimed that the two senior IAS officers against whom inquiry will be conducted are former additional chief secretary (ACS), industry and mines, Arvind Agrawal; and former managing director, Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), Manoj Aggarwal. Their role will be scrutinized in an alleged Rs 300 crore GIDC land scam.
Both the officials were transferred from their previous assignments. Arvind is currently posted as ACS, forest and environment while Manoj is posted as development commissioner.
Sources said the CM had received complaints that land allotted to NSP Infrastructure Ltd at Ichapor village in Surat district and transfer of the land of Hydrocarbon & Power SEZ Ltd to MRF Ltd at Villyat in Bharuch had been done without due process as required under GIDC policy. The state allegedly suffered a loss of Rs 300 crore. The sources further said that the CM had asked chief secretary J N Singh to conduct an inquiry. Singh handed the probe to MD of GIDC D Thara and ACS, industry and mines, P K Taneja.

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