FIR against former Textiles Minister and NTC chairman

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New Delhi: An FIR has been registered against former Union Textile Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela, former National Textiles Corporation (NTC) chairman Ramchandran Pillai and few others in connection with an irregular land transfer of a mill land in Mumbai to private concern which resulted in a loss of around Rs. 1,700 crore to NTC.

CBI officer R.K Gaur said, “A case has been registered in connection to selling the National Textile Corporation’s land illegally. There are more persons involved in this case and CBI teams are raiding the residences and offices of the concerned officials too.”

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According to the CBI officials, the raids were being conducted at four places in Delhi, three places in Mumbai and one each at Gandhinagar and Kolkata which included Vaghela’s residence.

The other persons named in the FIR include Kamalesh Mehta of Gowani Builders, NTC Deputy General Manager R K Sharma and M K Khare. Also, the officials from M/s Shree Madhusudan Mills Ltd are being interrogated.

According to the CBI officials, there was a criminal conspiracy in the Textiles Ministry and NTC which allowed Mehta to develop 27,500 sq m of the 80,785 sq m plot. The mill was privately owned and then declared sick units and nationalised under the Sick Textile Undertaking (Nationalisation) Act, 1974.

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