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Vigilance to file chargesheet against Goswami in multi crore flood scam

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | August 05, 2005 16:28 IST

Bihar Vigilance Bureau will soon file chargesheet against former Patna DM Gautam Goswami and 10 others in the multi crore flood relief scam.

It has also sought sanction from the state government as well as the Centre to prosecute him and 10 others accused in the case.

Vigilance Additional Director General Neelmani said the bureau would to file a chargesheet against Goswami and 10 others, out of the 28 accused in the case, including the alleged kingpin of the scam, Santosh Kumar Jha and Amitabh Arun, by August 25.

"We have collected enough evidence against the 13 accused, including Goswami to file a chargesheet against them," Neelmani told

Goswami, who surrendered before a special court in Patna in connection with the multi-crore flood relief scam in June this year, is lodged in Beur jail.

Also see: Goswami guilty of another scam?

The Vigilance Bureau, which has been probing into the case, has sought the sanction from the state as well as Centre. "We have requested for sanction by August 16, to prosecute Goswami and others," he said.

He said the Centre's sanction was needed as Goswami had also been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act besides the Indian Penal Code. The agency has also sought sanction from Industrial Development Bank of India Chairman B P Sethi to prosecute two officials of the Kashi Palace branch of the bank in Patna -- Sanjay Kumar Jha and Sajjad Ali -- in the case, Neelmani said.

Also see: Goswami guilty of another scam?

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