Congress seeks judicial probe in multi-crore groundnuts scam

The Congress today 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 here, 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.

He, however, said the bigwigs and the “real accused” in the scam were getting away.

Dhanani said the scam involved the procurement of groundnuts from farmers. He said the procured groundnuts were sold to millers and the stocks were then adulterated with sand and pebbles to show zero loss.