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Rajasthan CM’s son Vaibhav Gehlot accused of fraud

Gujarat Congress secretary 'cheated' a Nashik businessman, claiming he had a contract for ads in 13 states and enjoyed proximity to the Rajasthan CM's son

An FIR has been registered in Nashik, Maharashtra, against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot‘s son and Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) President Vaibhav Gehlot for cheating. Nashik-based businessman Sushil Bhalchandra Patil has accused the Rajasthan chief minister’s son of fraud to the tune of Rs 6.80 crore in the ruse of getting tenders in government departments including e-toilets in Maharashtra’s department.

Patil lodged a case against 14 people including Vaibhav Gehlot on 17 March at Gangapur police station in Nashik. The case has been registered following the order of the court. The main accused is Gujarat Congress secretary Sachin Purushottam Valera. Valera’s father Purushottam Bhai Valera has also been a senior INC leader.

According to the FIR, Sachin Valera, describing himself as an advertising businessman, said that he had a contract for advertising at pumps in 13 states. He claimed that he had good relations with the chief minister of Rajasthan and his son. He claimed also to look after the financial matters of the chief minister of Rajasthan.

The alleged crook said that for a few months, he had been working in Punjab and has presented OB van to the chief minister of Punjab. Valera assured of crores of profit on investing in his work and said that you have to participate in the tender for name only. Vaibhav Gehlot was supposed to see the rest of the work. Valera gave all the details about this investment. Showed the circulars issued by the Rajasthan government, which were later found to be fake.

According to the victim, he transferred money to the bank accounts provided by Valera at different times. The amount was about Rs 6 crore 80 lakh. At that time for several months, Sachin Valera and Vaibhav Gehlot had transferred monthly returns on investments into the bank account. In view of this, many more partners also invested. It is alleged that Sachin and Vaibhav suddenly stopped making monthly payments.

In the FIR, Vaibhav Gehlot has been accused of gambling. The alleges that he was informed that Gehlot Jr was a gambler for T20 cricket matches and that he spent his monthly refund on it. Meanwhile, Valera asked for time to make the payment. Later, Valera started abusing the victim when the latter asked for money. He even stopped receiving calls.

The tender documents of the department shown by Valera were found to be fake in the investigation. There were no tenders for e-toilets. Later, when the payment was not received and the fraud was realized, the took refuge in the Nashik court. The court has ordered the Gangapur police station of Nashik to investigate the entire matter.

Sachin Bhai Purushottambhai Valera, Vaibhav Gehlot, Kishan Cantelia, Sardar Singh Chauhan, Praveen Singh Chauhan, Suhas Surendrabhai Makwal, Nivbhai Maheshbhai Veermabhat, Vishwaranjan Mohanty, Rajbir Singh Shekhawat, Pragnesh Kumar Vinodchandra Prakash, Sanjay Kumar Desai, Sawan Kumar A Parner, Rishita Shah and Viraj Ganwal have been made accused. They are accused of conspiring to steal money by showing fake tender documents.

Rajasthan demands

The Rajasthan BJP today accused Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son of being involved in a fraud even as he countered saying more such allegations would surface as elections approach.

Citing a news channel’s video clip, which said that an FIR was registered against Vaibhav Gehlot and Gujarat Congress worker Sachin Purushottam Valera among others, state president Satish Poonia sought clarification from the chief minister on the matter.

“The name of the chief minister’s son is being heard in this news, the honourable chief minister must clarify. The people of Rajasthan wish to know only the truth,” Poonia’s tweet in Hindi read.

Denying the allegations, Vaibhav tweeted, “I have no information and no connection to the case in which my name has been dragged in the media. We all know that as the elections approach, false allegations, as well as manipulated stories, will surface.” An FIR has been registered against 14 people, including Vaibhav and Valera, in Maharashtra’s Nashik on 17 March.

Complainant Sushil Bhalchandra Patil has alleged that Valera, who presented himself as someone close to the chief minister’s son, fraudulently obtained Rs 6.80 crore from him on the pretext of landing him a contract with the Rajasthan government.

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