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CBI registers FIR against former Union Textile Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela in NTC land scam

PTI 17 Jun 2015, 16:18:56 IST
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New Delhi:  CBI has registered an FIR against former Union Textile Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela and six others including the then Chairman-cum-Managing Director of National Textile Corporation for sale of prime property in Mumbai allegedly at "throwaway prices" to a private company.

CBI sources said FIR has been registered against Vaghela, former NTC CMD Ramachandran Pillai, and others for allegedly causing Rs 1,700 crore loss to the exchequer through the sale of NTC land in Parel.

Soon after registering the FIR, CBI today started conducting search operations at nine locations in four cities New Delhi, Gandhinagar, Mumbai and Kolkata including the residence of Vaghela and others.

The sources refused to give further details about the search operation but said it is still going on.

The FIR comes after over an year-long Preliminary Enquiry into the matter, the sources said.

Vaghela, a senior Congress leader, is the Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly and also a former Chief Minister of the state.