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After Lalit row, Iranian Carpet case returns to haunt Vasundhara Raje

Raza Naqvi | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:23 IST

The Vasundhara Raje-Lalit Modi controversy has barely died down, but the Chief Minister of Rajasthan is still in the news. This time a seven-year-old case involving antique Iranian carpets, has cropped up again.

How?

  • The Rajasthan High Court on 22 July issued notices to the state government asking why a CBI probe should not be ordered in the theft of case of 2009.
  • Justice MN Bhandari issued the notices to CS Rajan, chief secretary, and RK Nair, principal secretary to home, on the basis of a writ filed by Ram Singh Kaswa.

What is the case?

  • During Raje's first tenure as chief minister of Rajasthan from 2003 to 2008, as many as eight carpets, believed to be priceless Iranian antiques, had mysteriously gone missing.
  • In 2009, under the Ashok Gehlot government, the Public Works Department (PWD) had filed a theft case with the police in connection with the missing carpets.
  • It was alleged that the Raje government had ordered that the Iranian carpets at the state-owned Khasa Kothi hotel be transferred to the chief minister's office (CMO).
  • After the order, the antique carpets were removed from the hotel but they never reached the CMO.
  • Kaswa had filed a complaint with the state's anti-corruption bureau in which he had named Raje's ex-OSD Dhirendra Kamthan along with a PWD engineer.
  • As no action had been taken by the police, a petition had been filed in the state High Court for a CBI probe. The High Court took cognisance and has issued the notices to the state government asking why the CBI shouldn't investigate the case.

First published: 23 July 2015, 3:11 IST
 
Raza Naqvi @Mir_Naqvi

Raza is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and has worked with the Hindustan Times in the past. A passionate follower of crime stories, he is currently working as a Sub-Editor at the Speed News desk.

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