FORMER Gujarat Home Minister Vipul Chaudhary has been arrested by the state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in a case of alleged irregularities of nearly Rs 800 crore at Dudhsagar Dairy in Mehsana, a senior official said on Thursday.
The agency alleged that apart from making money through financial irregularities, Chaudhary, during his tenure as the chairman of Dudhsagar Dairy, had also indulged in money laundering by depositing the proceeds of the crime into bank accounts of 31 companies created for that purpose only.
Chaudhary is a former chairman of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which owns the Amul brand, and has also headed the Mehsana District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd, popularly known as Dudhsagar Dairy in Mehsana.
The anti-graft agency also arrested his Chartered Accountant Shailesh Parikh on Wednesday. Mehsana ACB had on Wednesday registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Chaudhary for his alleged involvement in the financial irregularities of nearly Rs 800 crore when he was the chairman of Dudhsagar Dairy between 2005 and 2016, Chauhan said in a press conference.