NEW DELHI (TIP): The CBI has registered a case in connection with alleged irregularities in the construction of a high-end mall in Indore, including the role of then Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh. CBI sources said the agency acted on the orders of the Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court which had directed it to probe “roles of senior officials, the then CM, chief secretary and environment minister” among others.
The case relates to allegations that the mall was illegally built on a residential plot of one lakh square feet, with undue concessions from the then state government under Singh, who is Congress general secretary at present. In its order on October 19, a division bench of Justices P K Jaiswal and Moolchand Garg had directed the CBI to probe the matter and report back in six months. The bench gave the direction on a plea by social activist Mahesh Garg who had filed a complaint with the state Economic Offences Wing in 2009 which had given a clean chit to Singh.
Soon after the court order, Singh welcomed the probe and said on social networking site Twitter, “Permission was given for it (mall) during my tenure as chief minister. The BJP government’s Economic Offences Wing has already investigated the matter and found nothing against me.”