Published On: Tue, Sep 29th, 2015

Judicial custody for IAS officer Ashok Singhvi of bribery case extended till Oct 8

Udaipur: A local court today extended the judicial custody for all the 8 accused, including suspended IAS officer Ashok Singhvi, who were arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau in a case of bribery involving Rs.2.55 crore.

Judicial custody for suspended IAS officer Ashok Singhvi was extended till October 8.

Judicial custody for suspended IAS officer Ashok Singhvi was extended till October 8.

The accused— Ashok Singhvi, P R Ameta, Pankaj Gehlot (all suspended officials of the mines department), Sanjay Sethi (alleged middleman of the department), Shyam Singh Singhvi (chartered accountant), Sher Khan (mines owner) and Dharmendra alias Chintu— were produced before the ACB court where magistrate Ajit Kumar extended their judicial custody till October 8.

Public Prosecutor Om Prakash Mehta said the court also rejected bail application of one accused Sanjay Sethi.

When the accused were brought in the court in a police van, the brother-in-law of one of the accused, Sher Khan, tried to meet Khan and was arrested.

Singhvi and other officials had allegedly demanded the bribe from mines owner Sher Khan to issue him permission to restart his six mines which were closed by the mines department.

The mines owner allegedly sent Rs 2.55 crore to his Shyam Singh Singhvi in Udaipur for handing over the money to a mines department’s middleman Sanjay Sethi and Sethi was supposed to deliver the amount to senior officers but the ACB team apprehended Sethi and Shyam Singh with the amount at the latter’s office in Udaipur.

After that, other officers, including Principal Secretary Ashok Singhvi, were also arrested by ACB from Udaipur, Bhilwara and Jaipur.


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