Congress accuses Gujarat government of Rs 4,000-crore scam in procurement of groundnuts, demands judicial probe by SC

The Congress on Thursday alleged a Rs 4,000 crore scam in the procurement of groundnuts in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, and demanded a judicial probe into it by a sitting Supreme Court judge.

Addressing a joint press conference, Congress leaders Rajeev Satav and Paresh Dhanani alleged that the multi-crore scam had links to the chief minister’s office and other higher-ups in the BJP, who were trying to bury it.

Satav said while the Congress had given representations to the state government to initiate a probe monitored by a Supreme Court judge, it was open to taking legal recourse through a PIL or other measures in case the government did not order a judicial probe.

Dhanani, who is the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader in the Gujarat Assembly, said the party gave several representations to the state government, which had started investigating the matter and 27 people, including officials, were arrested.