Justice Shah to head black money probe

Justice Shah  to head black money probe

Retired Justice Manharlal Bhikhalal Shah, who will head the high profile SIT on black money that the Narendra Modi government formed in its first cabinet meeting on Tuesday, is all set to file its report on the corruption cases in Gujarat that he was probing since 2011.

Justice Shah, who currently heads the Gujarat Law Commission that was formed to probe into the 17 point allegations of corruption made by the Opposition Congress in 2011, has completed the work.
Justice Shah is yet to receive the official notification pertaining to his new assignment.

It may be recalled that when the Gujarat Congress had made a representation to the President alleging large scale corruption by the Gujarat Government in the absence of a Lokayukta, Modi had appointed an inquiry commission under  Justice Shah to probe the allegations. Justice Shah had given Modi government a clean chit in nine out of 17 counts, just ahead of the state assembly elections in 2012. Later Shah was made the chairperson of state law commission in January this year.

Justice Shah had started his legal career in Gujarat High Court in August 1962 as an advocate. He was appointed Assistant Government Pleader and Additional Public Prosecutor in Gujarat High Court in 1972 and became an additional Judge in 1983. In 1998, Justice Shah was appointed  Judge of the Supreme Court and retired in 2003.

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