Fall of Sanjay Gupta: From IAS to conman

ex mega chiefAhmedabad (ADI): Former IAS officer turned entrepreneur Sanjay Gupta, accused of corruption during his stint with Ahmedabad Metro, was sent to judicial custody on Tuesday after the state CID decided not to seek further custody. The next hearing of the case is scheduled on May 21.

Gupta was arrested on Friday on charges of corruption amounting to a sum of Rs 113 cr during his tenure with the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project between 2011 and 2013.

The state CID has also carried out searches at various places to find documents pertaining to the alleged acts of corruption. However, according to sources, the sleuths have not been successful in their endeavour as also in their effort to ferret out information from the former bureaucrat.

The 1985 batch IAS officer had played a pivotal role in turning around the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) and also setting up the Science City project during the regime of Keshubhai Patel.

However, after the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi became Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001, Gupta was transferred to Sangeet Natak Academi from his position of Managing Director of GSPC. It is said that he was blamed for a tussle between the state government and a Canada based corporate house that had displeased too many people.

In 2011 he was made the chairman of the Metro-link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad ( MEGA) Company Ltd. However amid speculations of corruption, he had resigned in 2013.

After resigned from the IAS Gupta briefly joined the Adani group as the CEO of Adani Infrastructure Project. But he soon turned entrepreneur himself and started the Neesa Group of hotels and resorts under the brand name Cambay across Gandhinagar, Jaipur, Gurgaon, Goa and Kerala.