Sanjay Gupta faces 2000-pg charge

Vol 19, PW 11 (11 Feb 16) News in Brief

He always made a big splash, which is why some used to call him Gujarat’s energy king.

Now former GSPC managing director Sanjay Gupta has had a ‘king-sized’ 2000-page supplementary charge sheet filed against him by the Gandhinagar Crime Investigation Department (CID). Investigation officer Shaktisinh Parmar filed the charge sheet in the Ahmedabad sessions court on February 1.

Gupta, 50, continues to languish in jail, accused in a Rs211cr ($31m) corruption scam. He was arrested on May 14, 2015 for allegedly siphoning off money while chairman of MEGA (Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad), a London tube-like project spearheaded by Narendra Modi.

Parmar’s chargesheet details how Gupta allegedly funnelled funds from MEGA to his failing hotel business. He is accused of raising fake bills, using shell companies to divert money and taking a ‘cut’ from suppliers.

The Gujarat High Court granted Gupta bail for seven days on December 7, 2015.