27 January, 2021

Sinking Deeper

Satish Sharma feels the heat as investigators crack the whip

Sinking Deeper

THE thing about trouble is that it rarely comes alone. And when it involves two senior Congress members like   P.V. Narasimha Rao and Satish Sharma, it would seem only natural that their fortunes follow a similar course. So the logical outcome: if Rao is in the dock, can Sharma be far behind?

The elusive ‘Kaptan sahib’ of Amethi is caught in an intricate web of investigations launched by the CBI and the Income Tax Department, and is now also in trouble with the Supreme Court. On November 4, it ordered the former petroleum minister to pay up Rs 50 lakh to the Government exchequer as damages for "illegal and arbitrary" allotment of 15 petrol pumps from the minister’s discretionary quota. In the process, the apex court also gave the CBI a carte blanche to investigate the allotments within three months and launch criminal proceedings against the former minister with no limits on the CBI probe. All of which is bad news for Sharma. His defence: the discretionary quota has been used earlier by ministers and he was just part of...



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