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Credit Society scam: Relief for Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

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Prakash Bhandari

Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is a much-relieved man after he got interim relief from the Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday in connection with the Sanjivani Credit Society case. 

Shekhawat managed to get a stay on a lower court order which stated that he be booked in the Sanjivani scam case.

 

Earlier, Shekhawat also got another relief after the state government withdrew the sedition charges against him. 

Now that the sedition charges have been withdrawn, he can only be investigated and tried for corruption in attempting to topple the government.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is being targeted by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot as the kingpin who is engineering the attempt to topple his government. 

But given the relief he has got now, it would not be easy for Gehlot to trade charges against him.

 The order of the lower court was challenged by Kewal Chand Dakhalia, a director of Navprabha Buildtech Pvt Ltd. 

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The company is said to be linked with Shekhawat. 

Dakhalia pleaded that the lower court wrongly issued an order without giving him (Dakahlia) an opportunity to be heard.

 Advocate A K Jain argued on behalf of complainants Labu Singh and Guman Singh that the net worth of Navprabha Buildtech is only Rs 15 crores but 25% of its shares were transferred for Rs 100 crores to Sanjivani Credit Society. 

Shekhawat, the complainant alleged, is also connected with the credit society.

What is the case against Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Shekhawat has been named along with his wife and others in the complaint related to the Sanjivani Credit Cooperative Society scam in which thousands of investors allegedly lost about Rs 850 crores.

 The SOG has been probing the scam case since last year and an FIR was registered in on August 23, 2019.

 Justice Satish Sharma, who heard the case, passed an interim order stating that until further order the Special Operation Group (SOG) is free to investigate the matter relating to the Sanjivani Credit Society only under section 173 (8) of CrPc. 

However, the High Court stayed an order on a revision of the complainant passed by the lower court.

With the order now stayed, it will be difficult for Gehlot to accuse Shekhawat in the Rs 850 crore scam as the matter is now subjudice.

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