Indore: Much to his relief, Indore-2 MLA Ramesh Mendola was on Friday acquitted in multi-crore Sugni Devi land grab case which was closely followed in political circles following the legislator’s proximity to BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.
Mendola’s counsel Veer Kumar Jain said, “Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court discharged him of all charges framed against him by the Lokayukta police.”
In May last year, a special court following the charge-sheet filed by the Lokayukta police in alleged Rs 100 crore land grab case had directed that charges against Mendola and 13 other accused should be framed.
Mendola and others had filed a revision petition in the High Court on which verdict was pronounced on Friday. Setting aside the lower court’s order, division bench comprising Justice PK Jaiswal and Justice Virendra dropped all charges against Mendola and directed the trial court to reconsider case of other accused in the case.
The alleged Sugni Devi scam had surfaced following a complaint by senior Congress leader Suresh Seth to the Lokayukta police in April 2010. The Lokayukta filed charge-sheet in the case in 2013 making Mendola and 13 others as accused. In the charge sheet, the Lokayukta police said the IMC had given three acre of land belonging to Sugni Devi College to Dhanlaxmi chemicals on a 30-year lease.
Dhanlaxmi chemicals illegally sold the land to Nanda Nagar Sahkari Sakh Sansatha for Rs 1.38 crore, without taking proper permission from the IMC. Mendola was the chairman of the bank when the deal took place.
Advocate Jain said that the court observed that there was no corruption in the case as Nanda Nagar Sahkari Sakh Sansatha had obtained the lease hold for 25000 of its members and no personal profit was made by Mendola. The court also ordered for reconsideration of cases against accused including officials of the IMC, directors of Dhanlaxmi Chemicals, its owner Vijay Kothari, officials of Nanda Nagar Sahakari Sakh Sansthan among others.