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CBI set to wind up wheat scam probe

June 30, 2014

IN WHAT is being termed as a major setback to whistle blower IAS officer Ashok Khemka, the CBI has decided to wind up its investigation into the wheat seed scam.

According to sources from the CBI, the probe, which started eight months ago, did not yield any clues about inconsistencies in the purchase of wheat seeds.

Sources also said that the CBI may even close the case.

"The investigations did not find any concrete evidence to prove the allegations further," a source said on the condition of anonymity. Acting on Ashok Khemka's complaint on October 18, 2013, the CBI had started the preliminary investigation.

The agency had also scanned the documents pertaining to the purchase of wheat seeds but did not find anything incriminating.

Khemka had unearthed the case in March 2013 and had sent a copy of the complaint on March 4 to the CBI which began the probe after six months.

Khemka in his complaint had sought filing of a criminal case against officials of two government agencies for their alleged role in a seed scam and for causing a loss of `5 crore to the public exchequer. He had alleged that the National Cooperative Consumers' Federation and National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation officials had supplied seeds at higher rates to HSDC. "National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India (NCCF) which supplied 90,000 quintals seed and National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India (NAFED) which supplied 10,000 quintals, procured wheat seed from 32 private agencies at a price between `1,450 to `1,700 per quintals but sold it to the HSDC at `2,050 per quintal," Khemka's complaint had said.

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Source: Mail Today (India)

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