After his BJP entry, forgery case against Jyotiraditya Scindia closed

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BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Economic Offences Wing has closed a case against former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and his family members, where they were accused of falsifying a property document while selling land.

 

An axe was hanging over the Madhya Pradesh government after 22 Congress MLAs tendered their resignation after Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party and joined the BJP. This led to collapse of the Kamal Nath-led state government last week.

On March 12, when the Congress was in power in the state, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) decided to verify facts afresh into the complaint against Scindia and his family of allegedly indulging in wrongdoing while selling a land in Gwalior in 2009.

"The complainant, Surendra Shrivastava, approached us for the second time on March 12 seeking a re-look into his complaint against Scindias. We forwarded the complaint to our Gwalior office which, after a re-investigation, closed it," a top EOW official said.

“On March 12, Shrivastava filed a fresh complaint against Scindia and his family, alleging that by falsifying a registry document, they sold him a piece of land at Mahalgaon which was smaller by 6,000 sqft than the original agreement in 2009”, the EOW official said.

“He initially lodged the complaint on March 26, 2014 against Scindia, who was then a Congress leader, and his family. But it was investigated and closed in May 2018 (when the BJP was in power in the state)”, the official said.

Earlier this month, 22 MLAs loyal to Scindia resigned from the Congress, paving way for the BJP to come to power in the state again.

Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan took oath as chief minister of the state on Monday night.

The Madhya Pradesh government has a wafer-thin majority in 230-membered House. It has 114 Congress legislators and the support of four Independents, two BSP MLAs and one SP MLA. Meanwhile, the BJP has 107 members. 

However, the resignations of 22 Congress MLAs have reduced the party’s strength to 92, and the government’s support to 99. At present, 24 seats in the Assembly are lying vacant, reducing the size of the House to 206.

 

With inputs from PTI

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