Kota, January 04, 2024.

Former Rajasthan minister in the preceding Ashok Gehlot government Pramod Jain Bhaya and three others were booked on Wednesday evening under various sections of the IPC for cheating, criminal conspiracy and extortion at the Baran city police station, an official said.

Bhaya, former mining and “gopalan” (cow care) minister, was earlier booked in a separate case of criminal conspiracy and fabricating fake documents at the Anta police station on January 1, and investigation into the matter is currently underway.

In the complaint to the police, Leader of Opposition in the Baran Municipal council and BJP ward councilor Dilip Shakywal alleged Ankit Jian alias Bordia, Sunil Yadav, Sharad Sharma and Naresh Tantrik carried out illegal mining and transportation of soil on behalf of the former minister without lease over government pasture and revenue land adjoining to the Baran collectorate on the Kota Road.