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|June 9, 1998||
CBI files chargesheets against Sheila Kaul, Thungon
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday filed three chargesheets against former Union ministers Sheila Kaul and P K Thungon for alleged criminal conspiracy and misuse of official position in the out-of-turn allotment of government accommodation, shops and kiosks.
The chargesheets were filed before Additional Sessions Judge Ajit Bharihoke.
The CBI had investigated the case on a Supreme Court directive on February 14, 1996. The President had granted sanction to prosecute Kaul, who was then urban development minister, and her deputy Thungon, last April.
The first chargesheet was against Kaul, two of her personal staff -- Rajan Lala and D D Arora -- and ten others, including allottees, for alleged criminal conspiracy and corruption in the allotment of seven shops.
The second was against Kaul, Thungon and three allottees for alleged irregularities in the allotment of three shops, and the third against the two and 44 others, including allottees of shops, under similar charges.
According to the chargesheets, the allotments were made in contravention of the rules and instructions in this regard. These were done without calling for any competitive tenders or applications from the general public. It caused wrongful pecuniary gain to the allottees and loss to the government.
The court has fixed July 2 for considering the chargesheets.
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