With the arrest of the former home minister of Gujarat and former chairman of Dudhsagar Dairy Vipul Chaudhary, many politicians have come under the scanner after the first round of investigation. Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankar Singh Vaghela and former Leader of Opposition Arjun Modhwadia had reportedly recommended Choudhary for the post of chairman of NDDB.
Mehsana Court has summoned Vaghela and Modhwadia as witnesses. Both the leaders are to appear in court on October 6.
Vipul Choudhary was arrested by the Crime Branch two days ago on charges of major financial misappropriation. He is accused of corruption amounting to more than Rs.750 crores during his tenure at Dudh Sagar dairy and NDDB. The court granted remand for 7 days. Public Prosecutor Vijay Barot filed a petition before the court to summon Shankarsinh Vaghela and Arjun Modhwadia as witnesses, accepting which the Mehsana district court summoned the two leaders to appear on October 6.
Earlier on Saturday, supporters of Chaudhary, a prominent face of Gujarat’s cooperative sector and Home Minister in the Shankarsinh Vaghela government in 1996, staged protests outside the court premises and in several tehsil headquarters in north Gujarat. The police had to take the accused to the court from the back gate due to the huge number of supporters. Choudhary is the former president of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which owns the brand Amul, and has also headed Mehsana’s Dudhsagar Dairy. More than 30 leaders resigned from the BJP in support of Chaudhary.
Vipul Choudhary was arrested by the Crime Branch like a normal accused. He was kept in the Crime Branch lockup for the whole night with only one fan.
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