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Flood scam: Legal notice to Sahara

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | June 08, 2005 16:49 IST

A legal notice would be served on the Sahara India group in connection with the multi-crore rupees flood relief scam in Bihar, official sources said on Wednesday.

Bihar Vigilance Bureau Additional Director General Neelmani said a legal notice would be served on the Sahara group for non-cooperation with the vigilance team, which is camping in Lucknow for over a week.

"We would serve a legal notice on Sahara group in a day or two," the official added.

Sahara group employed former Patna district magistrate Gautam Goswami, the key accused who is evading arrest, after he resigned from Indian Administrative Service early this year.

Sahara group offered Goswami the post of senior vice president after he was selected by Time magazine as one of the 20 Asian Heroes for his handling of flood relief distribution last year.

Goswami's resignation from the IAS, though, was not accepted by the state and they had served a show-cause notice last month to Goswami in this connection.

In another development, the Income Tax department attached Goaswami's bank accounts.

On May 31, the vigilance judge had issued non-bailable warrants against Goswami and eight others, including Santosh Jha, the alleged kingpin of the scam.

Jha had already surrendered before the designated judge, who had remanded him to judicial custody till June 10.

Vigilance sleuths have arrested five of the 28 accused.

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