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ACB files 3000-page charge sheet in mine graft case

Udaipur : On the fiftieth day of its biggest crackdown on the state mining department, the Anti-Corruption Bureau filed a 3000-page chargesheet in the Rs 4 crore mine graft case before a trial court on Thursday. Eight persons including former IAS officer Ashok Singhvi and two ex-officers have been named as accused in the charge sheet filed before special judge Ajit Kumar Hingar.

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Some 73 witnesses including staff of the mine department and 140 documental evidences have been listed by the ACB in support of the charges framed. A supplementary chargesheet that will elaborate on the conspiracy and mention the role of more accused in the case will be filed later on within the stipulated time, ACB said. The ‘heavy’ 3000 page chargesheet was presented in 10 copies, one each for the eight accused, one for the court and one for the public prosecutor. The summary of the case file itself have been a narration of 200 pages. The accused have been chargesheeted for offences under various IPC sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by a government servant), 120 B (criminal conspiracy). Sections 7,8,9,10, 13 (1) sub clause (c) (d), 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act has also been invoked.

All the eight accused were produced before the court on Thursday and their judicial custody was extended till November 19. Disappointment and tension was writ large on their faces as the accused stood quietly watching the proceedings. The bureau had on September 16, held marathon raids at Udaipur, Jaipur, Bhilwara and Chittorgarh and arrested the then principle secretary mines Ashok Singhvi, deputy director Pankaj Gehlot and superintending mining engineer Pushkarraj Ameta, middleman Sanjay Sethi, chartered accountant Shyam S Singhvi, mine owner SherKhan, his aides Rashid Pathan and Chintu alias Dhirendra.

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