An inquiry has been initiated against former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and members of two charitable trusts run by his family on the basis of complaints of land-grabbing against them. The investigation will be carried out by the Madhya Pradesh economic offences wing (EOW), according to a report in the Times of India.
EOW’s superintendent of police (SP) Anshuman Agrawal has issued notices to officers of district administration and revenue department seeking explanation on the alleged land deals carried out by the descendants of the former Gwalior rulers.
A businessman from Gwalior had approached the EOW accusing Scindia and his family members of carrying out illegal land deals in selling prime government land to a realtor in the city.
“Kamla Raje Charitable Trust sold 0.146 hectares of land to Narayan Builders and Developers Ltd through Jyotiraditya Scindia Charitable Trust despite it being declared a government land by high court in 2006,” alleged complainant Surendra Srivastava.
He added that the Gwalior bench of MP high court had declared it government land on April 3, 2006.
Twenty-four days following the order, the members of the charitable trust sold the land illegally to a builder in connivance with the revenue department, Srivastava alleged in his complaint. Revenue department records say that the land was sold for Rs. 95 lakh on April 27, 2006.
Srivastava even accused other government officials of being involved in various other land-grabbing deals while saying, “Revenue officers cleared documents, officers of the Town and Country Planning diverted the land.”