GSPC: Gohil targets Delhi-based K. Vijay Kumar

Vol 18, PW 12 (12 Feb 15) People & Policy

Gujarat opposition Congress party member Shaktisinh Gohil is demanding a CBI probe into alleged ‘multi-crore’ corruption at GSPC from 2012-2014.

According to Gohil, GSPC spent colossal amounts on silk saris, liquor, gifts and flower bouquets for “influential people” in Delhi in the run up to the 2014 general elections. “Official figures tabled in the Gujarat Assembly say GSPC has debts exceeding Rs22,000cr ($3.5bn),” Gohil tells PETROWATCH.

“Now we know where the money is going.” Gohil alleges in 2013-14, GSPC spent Rs503cr ($81m) on miscellaneous expenses.

“Most of this money was used for Narendra Modi’s election campaign,” claims Gohil, who has collected evidence of copies of paid cheques through a Right to Information application. Take a cheque dated November 8, 2012 which shows a payment of Rs933,390 ($15,000) for silk saris from the Nalli Saris showroom in Delhi.

“For whom were these saris purchased?” questions Gohil. Fourteen other bills running into thousands of rupees and cleared by GSPC were submitted by Dr Prasanna Vijay Kumar, the wife of GSPC’s Delhi-based director K.

Vijay Kumar. Most of these are for liquor consumed at the India International Centre in Delhi.

Gujarat energy minister Saurabh Patel and GSPC managing director Atanu Chakraborty were not available for comment.