Metro Scam: CID terms Gupta habitual offender, opposes bail

Ahmedabad (ADI): Describing him as a “habitual offender”, the CID (Crime) — the agency which is investigating the alleged Rs 113-crore Ahmedabad Metro Rail scam — on Thursday said that the former IAS officer, Sanjay Gupta, has been booked in as many as 91 court cases lodged across the country.

Opposing his bail plea, the CID affidavit has also alleged that Gupta’s brother has threatened witnesses and the act has been audio-video recorded.

Gupta has move a special anti-corruption court seeking bail in connection with the multi-crore scam case. He is lodged in the Sabarmati Central Jail.

According to the CID affidavit, total of 91 cases have been lodged against Gupta in connection with alleged financial irregularities in Muzaffarnagar, Sangrur, Kaithal, Yamunanagar, Jaipur, Ambala, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, among other places, for cheating, breach of trust and cases of cheque returns.

The affidavit claims that “the accused is a habitual offender and various summons, warrants and notices have been issued against him by the courts”. Following the affidavit, Gupta’s lawyer I H Syed told the court that he would file a counter affidavit on Friday. According to the affidavit, Gupta opened firms in the name of his office boy, among other staffs. The CID has also produced statements of witnesses who were directly or indirectly associated with him.

The affidavit stated that Rajesh Mishra, one of the witnesses, was threatened by Gupta’s brother Arvind and the “act” has been audio-video recorded. There are three other employees of Gupta’s firm who have recorded evidence and produced before the police, the affidavit stated. Gupta was the chairman of the Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Company Ltd (MEGA) between 2011 and 2013. The CID has claimed that the scam happened between 2012 and 2013.

In 2013, Gupta had resigned from the post. He was arrested last Thursday and lodged in the jail. The CID investigation has allegedly revealed that Gupta as chairman of MEGA made a payment of Rs 147 crore for filling land (20 lakh cubic metre) to construct a casting yard and a depot at Bhat Koteshwar-Motera.

However, in reality, only 9.42 lakh cubic metre filling was done and remaining over 11 lakh cubic metre, whose filling cost is estimated to be around Rs 113 crore, has no record. A 1985-batch former IAS Gupta owns Neesa Group of hotels and resorts under the brand name of Cambay in various parts of the country.

Opposing the bail plea, the CID affidavit claims that it has traced money transaction of Gupta allegedly revealing how he siphoned off large amounts of money to his companies which are found to have been forged.