Corruption plaint against Gehlot's son

A complaint has been filed with the enforcement directorate demanding probe against former chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav Gehlot for his alleged role in money laundering and flouting Foreign Management Act 1999.

The complain has been filed by social activist Suraj Soni who has alleged that black money of Gehlot and family was routed to India through illegal transactions between a Mauritius-based firm Shivnar Holding Ltd and a local company Triton Hotels and Resorts Private Ltd in which junior Gehlot was legal advisor.

There are strong rumours that complaint has been lodged to divert the attention from Lalit Modi controversy that involved Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and son Dushyant.

“Vaibhav Gehlot was legal advisor in Triton Hotels and Resorts Private Ltd, a company owned by Ratan Kant Sharma. Company first sold its 2,500 shares of Rs 100 each at a premium of Rs 39,500 each share to Shivnar Holding Ltd, a Mauritius based company. Later premium was reduced to Rs 1,100 and sold another 10,000 shares to the same company, which was created just to route the money,” said Suraj Soni, the complainant.

Soni alleged that Ratan Kant Sharma, owner of Triton Hotels and Resorts Private Ltd is a close friend of Gehlot’s family.

Sharma hired Vaibhav Gehlot as legal advisor in his company at a salary of Rs 50,000 per month and later in 2009 he became one of the directors in Vaibhav’s company Sun Light Car Rental Company. Ashok Gehlot was the chief minister of Rajasthan at that time.

According to the complain Triton Hotels and Resorts Private Ltd was registered in 2007 and 2,27,000 share equity of Rs 100 each was held by owner Ratan Kant Sharma and 14,500 shares by his wife Juhi Sharma.

In 2011, around 2,500 shares were sold at premium of Rs 39,500 each share to Shivnar Holding Ltd of Mauritius. The complaint says that money laundering is evident from the fact that share premium was reduced to Rs 1,150 per share and 10,000 shares were again sold to Shivnar Holding Ltd in 2013.

No physical existence

The complainant has claimed that investigation by ED will reveal that Shivnar Holding is visible only on internet and has no physical existence.

Meanwhile, same issue was raised by the BJP leaders a few days back while defending Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and his son Dushyant in Lalit Modi controversy.

At the time of Assembly election in 2013, BJP had released a black paper that included this case.

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