Kandla officer who alleged Rs 1,000cr scam suspended
AHMEDABAD: Kandla Port’s trade promotion and public relations officer, who has accused senior officials of corruption, was suspended on Sunday.
Sanjay Bhaty, who recently filed a private complaint in the Gandhidham court, alleging Rs 1,000-crore scam in dredging contract payments, was served the notice late on Monday night. KPT notice states that Bhaty flouted the KPT rules by not taking permission from higher authorities before filing a private complaint against the chief vigilance officer (CVO) P Ramjee.
“Sanjay Bhaty has been making unsubstantiated complaints against officials of KPT repeatedly to various authorities, which is unbecoming of a port officer,” the notice states.
Bhaty has also been directed not to leave Gandhidham without prior approval and explain within seven days why action should not be initiated against him.
The move has come as a shocker to a large section of employees in Kandla port, who believe that Bhaty is facing the heat for the series of allegations of corruption that he leveled against Ramjee. It is learnt that a section of officials in the shipping ministry is also unhappy with Bhaty for making public the alleged scam through the court complaint.
KPT chairman Ravi Parmar was not available for comments as he was in Iran. A message sent to him also went unanswered. However, a top official told TOI on condition of anonymity that Bhaty has been served a show-cause notice for lodging the complaint.
It may be mentioned that before lodging the complaint, Bhaty had shot off letters to secretary, shipping, chief vigilance commission (CVC), KPT chairman and other officials, alleging about the corruption in the port functioning. He has also alleged threat to his and family’s life from Ramjee.
The court on May 30 had directed the Gandhidham unit of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) to lodge an FIR against Ramjee and other accused named in the complaint. However, ACB challenged the order saying that Kandla, being run by central government, the case should be investigated by the CBI.
The next hearing in the case is slated for June 24.