Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party Government in Madhya Pradesh led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan is facing the music for abruptly transferring Gaurav Kumar Tiwari, the Katni district Superintendent of Police, who was leading the investigation into a Rs. 500 crore money laundering (Hawala) racket.
On Wednesday, it was the second consecutive day of protests and strike in Katni. Traders kept their shutters down and normal life remained disrupted. A petition (PIL) has also been filed in the Jabalpur High Court for bringing back Tiwari as the Katni SP.
The Opposition has launched a frontal attack on the Madhya Pradesh Government on this issue. The Opposition parties are accusing the Government of protecting State Minister Sanjay Pathak and demanding his ouster. It is being pointed out that firms linked with Pathak’s family members and associates were having financial dealings with SK Minerals and the bogus firms that have surfaced during a hawala related investigation.
The Opposition parties, particularly the Congress, have alleged that the Katni SP was transferred abruptly to prevent the investigation from proccding in the right direction. The allegation is that besides Pathak, several BJP leaders are involved in this hawala racket.
Gaurav Tiwari, a 2010 batch IPS officer, was to be attached at the Police headquarters in the state capital on the Chief Minister’s instructions but he was later posted as the Chindwara SP.