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Stamp scam: Maharashtra govt ready for CBI probe
December 15, 2003 17:08 IST
Last Updated: December 15, 2003 18:09 IST
Maharashtra government on Monday informed the Bombay high court that it is ready to hand over the probe into the fake stamp paper racket to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The petition comes amidst reports that the Special Investigation Team, probing the racket, is on the verge of calling Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal for questioning.
The SIT has so far arrested former Mumbai police commissioner R S Sharma in connection with the racket. Sharma was appointed to the top post despite adverse reports about his role in the racket. Bhujbal gave the go-ahead for the appointment after the then Director General of Police Subhash Malhotra cleared Sharma of any wrong-doing.
The SIT recently questioned Malhotra in this regard.
On Monday morning, Bhujbal landed in Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital for a medical checkup following high blood pressure. Doctors have reportedly advised rest.
He had been in Nagpur for the past few days to attend the winter session of the legislature.