BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Economic Offences Wing has registered a complaint of land-grab against former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and members of two charitable trusts run by his family.
According to the Wing, it received a complaint alleging that the MP from Guna had grabbed government land and sold it to a private builder.
“The complaint was filed by Gwalior-based businessman Surendra Shrivastava. We have registered a complaint in the case and are investigating and verifying documents to establish the ownership of the land in question. The complainant has also been asked to appear before us.”
“If anything that establishes criminal intent comes up after the verification of the documents, then the complaint will be converted into a criminal case,” Anshuman Agrawal, an SP with the Wing, told Express.
The investigation is likely to be completed with 10 days after which police will move ahead, she said.
“Notices to relevant officers of the district concerned have been issued and the officers have been asked to appear before us,” she added.
The Kamla Raje Chartiable Trust, managed by Scindia and his family members, allegedly sold 0.146 hectares of land near Scindia Fort at Mehgaon in Gwalior to Narayan Builders and Developers through the Jyotiraditya Scindia Charitable Trust, despite the land being declared government land by the High Court in 2006.
As per the complaint, the land was government property between 1948 and 1989. However, in 2004, the local administration had to move the High Court against the trusts after they claimed ownership over the land, following which the court’s Gwalior Bench gave its judgment. The complaint further said government officials had played a role in diverting the land.