No end to GSPC court battle with AK Vijay Kumar

Vol 19, PW 16 (21 Apr 16) People & Policy

GSPC's battle with its former Delhi-based executive director AK Vijay Kumar shows no sign of coming to an end.

On April 29, Justice Sonia Gokani of the Gujarat High Court will hear whether the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Gujarat police should continue investigating a criminal complaint made by GSPC against Kumar over a disputed amount of Rs5.33 lakhs ($8000). On February 2, 2016, lawyers for Kumar filed a petition in the Gujarat court seeking to quash the complaint filed by GSPC.

Running to eight pages in Gujarati vernacular, a First Information Report (FIR) was lodged with Gandhinagar police by Surendra Sanehi, GSPC manager administration, against Kumar and his subordinate Bhawna Kumar. In his petition, Kumar alleges the police complaint was filed against him maliciously by former GSPC managing director Atanu Chakraborty who forced Kumar out of the company on June 23, 2015 over an alleged discrepancy on his birth certificate.

But on April 4, GSPC counsel Mihir Thakore in a detailed affidavit told the court an inquiry against Kumar was ordered following allegations against him by senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil. "GSPC has suffered a direct loss of Rs5.33 lakhs during the period 2010-11 to 2014-15," said Thakore, "and an indirect loss on which GSPC is still collecting information.

A forensic audit by KPMG uncovered these malpractices."