Crayons owner Ajay Chopra surrenders before ACB court in Jaipur, arrested
Chopra had 5 cases of multi-crore government advertising scam registered against him with ACB.
Jaipur: Ajay Chopra, the owner of Jaipur’s leading advertising agency Crayons, surrendered before a special anti-corruption bureau court on Tuesday. He was under investigation in connection with a multi-crore government advertising scam. ACB arrested him in one of the four cases registered against him. Chopra submitted a bail application immediately after turning himself in.
The ACB court in July last year issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Chopra after the ACB accused him of issuing government advertisements worth around Rs 3 crore to various agencies during previous Congress regime.
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) registered five separate FIRs in connection with the scam on a complaint by one Shankar Lal Gujjar.
The non bailable arrest warrant was issued against Chopra after he didn’t make himself available for questioning before the investigation agency.
Chopra came to the ACB court on Tuesday morning and surrendered in all five cases registered against him, the ACB arrested him in connection with only one of these FIRs.
ACB has lodged cases against the officials of Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Directorate of Local Bodies and Bureau of Promotion and Investment Department and proprietors of two advertising agencies namely Ajay Chopra (Crayons) and his wife Mangala Chopra and Amit Gupta of (Unison).
DIPR officials have not been named in the FIR.
ACB officials said that they would be named in the coming days after interrogation with Chopra.
The FIRs were registered under several sections of IPC and sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged irregularities in issuing advertisements.
It was alleged that Chopra was paid for government advertisement during previous Congress government tenure from 2008-13.
The advertisement was given in magazines and newspapers that didn’t even exist.
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