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Minister aide in realty scam net

- State gives CBI key prosecution sanctions

The state on Tuesday granted the CBI permission to prosecute Om Prakash Yadav, private secretary to RJD MLA and minister Annapurna Devi, in the Rs 300-crore-plus Sanjeevani Buildcon realty scam, adding yet another important name to the tainted firm’s expanding list of ‘aides’.

Yadav was the circle officer of Ratu block when the scam was executed in early 2012.

Minister’s aide apart, the state also granted CBI sleuths to prosecute then circle officer of Nagri block Krishna Kumar, currently posted as an executive officer with Bokaro district board.

A fortnight ago, the state granted a similar permission against then Ranchi sub-registrar Sahdeo Mehra, who was allegedly among the key government employees to help Sanjeevani functionaries execute the scam that included fudging of land records as well as selling the same plots or flats many times over.

Yadav, Kumar and Mehra are all accused of helping Sanjeevani dupe middle class investors seeking plots and flats in Ranchi.

State law department has confirmed the state government’s decision to grant prosecution sanctions.

A senior sleuth of the CBI, which is probing into 33 cases related to Sanjeevani, said investigation had “confirmed” the officials’ involvement.

“They got favours and bribes from the company.,” he said. “Yadav is an accused in two cases (3S/2013 and 9S/2013) whereas Kumar and Mehra are accused in a different case (7S/2013),” he said.

“We also expect to get prosecution orders against Rajeev Ranjan, then circle inspector of Nagri block, and two block employees Pradeep Raphael Khalkho and Shyam Sundar Nath Roy,” a CBI source added.

On Tuesday, the CBI filed a chargesheet before the court of special magistrate in case 7S/2013 against Mehra, Kumar, Sanjeevani director and mastermind Jayant Dayal Nandi and his wife and company director Anamika Nandi, as well as company directors Arvind Kumar Singh and Shyam Kishore Gupta, state officials Khalkho, Roy and the company, Sanjeevani.

On all, the agency slapped charges of 120B (party to criminal conspiracy), 420 (offence relating to cheating, forgery and dishonesty) of IPC and section 13 (1) (D) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The 7S/2013 case relates to a 50-decimal plot at Pundag, Nagri block, which Sanjeevani purchased from Mahesh Sahu and Ramdhani Sahu, and colluding with government officials, fudged papers to sell “245 decimal” to 105 individuals.

“The officials’ patronage to the scam is proved beyond doubt. For this and other shady deals, they got cuts in cash and kind,” the CBI officer said.

The CBI devoted a detailed paragraph to highlight Mehra’s role. In its chargesheet, it claimed Mehra received silver Maruti XX4 from Sanjeevani, which cost Rs 8.24 lakh and was purchased on October 21, 2010. On another occasion, Mehra had received Rs 5 lakh as a “sweetener”.

In a freaky twist of fate, Mehra’s wife Kiran and son Nishant died in an accident inside the same car on January 2, 2011. His driver Srinarayan Yadav was also killed.