Gujarat Metroman Arrested
GUJARAT CID has arrested Sanjay Gupta, an ex-IAS officer of 1985 batch who had served as executive chairman of the state-owned Metrolink Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA), for his alleged involvement in a forged bills scam of Rs 113 crore. According to reports, the case was filed by the current regime of MEGA and the CID arrested him based on the findings of a probe by additional DGP of CID Crime Ms Meera Ram Niwas. Here are 10 things about Gupta who left IAS to start a group that owns six luxury hotels, two golf properties among others. Later in 2011, he surprised many a sitting IAS and contender when he was picked up to build Gujarat’s first metro rail venture. More here:
1. His full name is Sanjay Raghunath Prasad Gupta. A former IAS of 1985 batch Gujarat cadre, he left service in 2002 when he was given an inconsequential post in Gujarat Rajya Sangeet Natak Academy.
2. After leaving the service, Gupta joined Adani Group as CEO (Infrastructure).
3. He then set up his own luxury hotels called Cambay under the umbrella of Neesa Group. His high point was when his group touched Rs 2,000 crore turnover with about 3,000 employees on its payrolls.
4. Some of his group companies are Neesa Leisure, Neesa Infrastructure, Neesa Agritech and Food, Orient Spa, Neesa Technologies, Neesa Financial Services, Neesa Township and Properties and Cambay SEZ Hotels.
5. A civil engineer from IIT Roorkee and Fellow from Wharton School, Gupta was MD of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) between 1998 and 2002 where he was instrumental in increasing the turnover of the company from US $4 million to US $75 million.
6. He was instrumental in establishing an intra-Gujarat gas pipeline company called Gujarat State Petronet.
7. As many as 40 properties of the hotel and resort chain owned him were raided by income-tax department in September 2010. The searches were conducted in the group’s establishments located in Mumbai, Jaipur, Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, and few other cities, but details of the seizure were not known.
8. In 2011, Gupta surprised many a sitting IAS and contender when he was picked up for building Gujarat’s first metro rail venture called MEGA (Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad). He was made executive chairman of Mega, a Gujarat government project of building a cost-effective metro rail project purely on an elevated track.
9. Two years later, he left the key post to concentrate on his business. Gupta in September 2013 launched a private equity fund, Let India Fly Foreover (LIFE) with fund size of Rs 250-300 crore.
10. He also launched a 24-hour digital Hindi news channel under the umbrella of Neesa Group. The channel is named Jano Duniya.