Sanjeevani Cooperation Credit Society scam case: Rajasthan HC issues notice to Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and his wife

Anushka Mansharamani

On 23rd December, the Rajasthan High Court issued notice to Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister, regarding the Rs. 900-crore Sanjeevani Cooperation Credit Society scam case in which his wife and 15 others have been alleged to be involved.

A division bench comprising Justice Vijay Vishnoi issued notices after hearing the petition filed by Sanjivani Peedit Sangh.

Madhusudan Purohit, representing the petitioner, contended that Vikram Singh, society chairman, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, and others had defrauded the investors by showing fake records and posters to them.

It was further contended that the Union Minister was a partner in the society before his election to the Lok Sabha from Jodhpur.

Sanjivani Peedit Sangh filed a petition in the Rajasthan High Court to seek justice for those investors who lost Rs. 900 crore because of the owners, partners of the society.

The petitioners sought for an appointment of a forensic auditor or receiver and demanded an investigation of the case, which would include different agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, and the Enforcement Directorate.

The petitioners demanded directions to make it mandatory to follow the rules under the Multi-State Cooperative Societies Act, 2002.

They further sought a direction to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies-cum-Competent Authority to act as per the act and to get the provisional attachment absolute as per Section 14(1) of the Unregulated Deposits Schemes Act, 2019.

The petitioners lastly questioned the credibility of the investigation that took place.

The court listed the matter for hearing on 3rd January 2021.

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