Lokayukta seeks government sanction to prosecute IAS Raghav Chandra

Published in Dainik Bhaskar on October 21
The Lokayukta has sought sanction to prosecute Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Raghav Chandra.

The case against him pertains to a land scam in Katni. Chandra was then posted as Madhya Pradesh Housing Board Commissioner.

The then collector Shahzad Khan is also named an accused in the case. The scam pertains to a 69 acre land that was meant for a housing project in Katni.

The deal had caused a loss of Rs 4 crore to the state exchequer. It was alleged that exorbitant prices were paid for the land and many other guidelines were also violated in the purchase of land. The Lokayukta had investigated case. In the closure report, the ombudsman had given him clean chit.

But the court disagreed with the decision. The complainant Arun Kumar Agarwal then approached higher courts until Supreme Court struck down the HC order and upheld the trial court which had asked Lokayukta to seek prosecution sanction against the officer and all the others named in the FIR.

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