HC seeks progress from each SIT member in Irrigation scam probe

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 May 2018 08:36:55


Staff Reporter,

Directs SIT members to file personal affidavits by June 13

Putting each member of Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe irrigation scam on notice and reminding them of their onerous responsibility, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Saturday, directed all SIT members to file their personal affidavits stating on record progress made so far, record perused within four weeks.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Arun Upadhye, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Atul Jagtap and Jan Manch, stepped up pressure on SITs reluctantly formed due to tough stance adopted by the High Court during earlier hearings, while making it amply clear that SITs would not become show-pieces.

Continuing it’s tough stance against the Irrigation scam and perpetrators who siphoned of the public money including the top officers and their political masters, the High Court placed on record names of 13 officers named on the SIT pertaining to Amravati region and directed each one of them to state whether record necessary for conducting investigation was made available to them and consequential steps taken by them. The affidavits are to be filed before June 13.
During last hearing, the High Court had sought to know whether all officers had joined the SITs and details of meeting held so far to chalk out definite programme to finish the probe.

The two SITs are headed by senior officers from Anti Corruption Bureau of Nagpur and Amravati units to probe irrigation scam cases of Nagpur and Amravati divisions respectively.
SIT Nagpur and SIT Amravati have one additional SP rank officer, three Dy SP rank officers, nine Police Inspectors and necessary police staff to conduct the probe expeditiously.

Nagpur ACB unit is enquiring and investigating into 17 projects while Amravati ACB is investigating 26 projects. Thane ACB is also probing 12 matters. So far out of 35 cases of Nagpur and Amravati divisions covered in open enquiry, offences have been registered in 16 cases while chargesheet has been filed in only 2 cases while 14 cases are under investigation by respective Anti Corruption Bureau units.

Special Counsel Anand Jaiswal furnished proceedings of the Amravati SIT meeting held on May 2 and Nagpur SIT meeting held on May 3.
The High Court after perusing record, put all officers on notice and directed them to diligently conduct investigation.
Amravati SIT includes Punjabrao Dongardive, Additional SP (ACB), Rajesh Muley, DySP (ACB), Yavatmal, Ramkrushna Malghane, Dy SP