HC orders CBI probe against Digvijay Singh

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 20:14 hrs

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh into charges that as former chief minister he allowed undue concessions to the developers of a mall.

In their ruling, the two-judge bench asked the federal agency to probe, among other things, the "roles of senior officials, the then chief minister, and Chief Secretary, and environment minister", media reports said.

The order was passed based on a complaint by social activist Mahesh Garg, who had approached the state´s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) objecting to rules being bent to allow construction of Treasure Island mall in a residential area of the city in 2002.

Garg alleged that the mall was illegally built on a residential plot of 1 lakh square feet, with undue concessions from the state government.

Following a preliminary investigation, the EOW finally registered Garg´s complaint in 2009 and in April 2011, filed its closure report in the case, giving a clean chit to four of the 12 accused including Singh.

Unhappy with the progress of the probe by the EOW, Garg approached the High Court that on Thursday asked for a CBI investigation and asked it to submit its report within six months.

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