Former GSPC chief Sanjay Gupta sent to jail

Vol 18, PW 19 (21 May 15) People & Policy

Former GSPC managing director Sanjay Gupta, once known as Gujarat’s 'energy king', is in jail and some believe it’s because he irritated several powerful people with his condescending manner.

Gupta was arrested on May 14 from his Grand Cambay hotel on Ahmedabad’s SG Highway by the Gandhinagar CID for allegedly siphoning off Rs113cr ($18m) as chairman of MEGA (Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad), one of Narendra Modi's flagship projects. Gupta appeared before additional sessions judge NG Dave of the special anti-corruption court on May 15 before he was led away to a Gandhinagar prison for four days.

Before his arrest Gupta made frantic last minute attempts to avoid arrest by calling up IAS friends in Gandhinagar and Delhi, as well as political leaders of the Congress and BJP and his powerful corporate sector contacts. “This was bound to happen," says an industry source.

"See how he behaved with people." Gupta is charged with allegedly raising false invoices without carrying out work to set up a casting yard and depot at Motera in northern Ahmedabad.

A technical audit revealed that against MEGA’s claims of 20.67 lakh-sq metres of land filling worth Rs196cr ($31m), work was done over only 9.42 lakh-sq metres. Fake bills for land filling work over 11.24 lakh-sq metres were allegedly cleared.