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THE Bombay High Court on Thursday pulls up Maharashtra Government for no progress made in tribal scam probe. Petitioner’s Rajendra Raghuvanshi alleged that the State officials were not cooperating in the probe ordered by the Court.

The court expressed its anguish over the Government’s lethargic attitude for not providing facilities to a retired judge who had been appointed recently to inquire into alleged financial irregularities in tribal welfare schemes in the state during the period 2004-05 to 2008-09.

The bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode was hearing a PIL filed by a tribal, Bahiram Motiram, from Nashik district. The PIL alleged that in March 2006, the department procured liquid protein without following the due procedure or floating tenders. Also, the liquid protein bottles were not distributed, though the amount was disbursed.

On March 27, the court had ordered the inquiry by the retired High Court Judge M G Gaikwad into alleged financial irregularities amounting to Rs 6,000 crores in tribal welfare schemes.

The court adjourned the hearing by four weeks.

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