Bhopal: In a major relief for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has opened a front against the UPA government over the issue of corruption, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh got a clean-chit for their alleged role in the ‘Dumper Scam’.

The District court on Monday accepted the report of the Lokayukta and ordered to close the dumper scam case.

The court rejected the arguments of the complainant Congress leader Ramesh Sahu and absolved the CM and his wife from all charges.

The Lokayukta report, submitted before the court in February, had observed that the investigators could not find any basis on which the Chief Minister and his wife could be charged, hence giving them a clean-chit.

Lokayukts had even cleared that there had been no irregularities in the purchase of dumpers.

In 2007, acting on the complaint of Congress leader and lawyer Ramesh Sahu, the Bhopal Court had ordered an inquiry. Thereafter, the Lokayukta police began to probe the case after registering a case under Section 420 of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act against the CM and his wife on November 15, 2007.

What was Dumper scam?

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s wife Sadhna Singh had allegedly bought four dumpers for Rs 2 crore and later leased them to a cement factory.

The allegation was that Sadhna named her husband as SR Singh at the time of purchase, and also gave a false residential address.

(JPN/ Bureau)