Bengaluru: The High Court dismissed the petition filed by Sandeep Dash challenging the criminal proceedings started by the CID for allegedly diverting Rs. 30 Crore illegally and causing loss of Rs. 3.19 Crore to the exchequer when he was the Executive Director (Finance) of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) from 2005 to 2007.
Dismissing the petition filed by Sandeep Dash, Justice M. Nagaprasanna said, “The allegations are intertwined, covering his tenure at both places – Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and BMRCL. Merely because accused MN Sheshappa and C Vasanth Kumar are dropped from the charges, it cannot be said that the petitioner has also necessarily to be dropped from the charges, notwithstanding the glaring circumstances mentioned in the order. The submission of parity of the senior counsel for the petitioner is unacceptable, so is the petition filed on the sole ground seeking parity in treatment.”
Sheshappa and Vasanth Kumar’s charges in the BMRCL case were dropped as they were also involved in the other crime that had been registered, which involved Sandeep Dash’s fraudulent diversion of surplus funds over Rs. 2,138.6 Crore while he was Finance Member of the BDA from 1997 to 2005 in order to defraud the BDA and state government and make wrongful gain his wife.
Dash asked the high court to withdraw his name from the crime of diverting BMRCL funds by extending the same benefit, using the dismissal of the charges against Sheshappa and Vasanth Kumar as a reason.