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Dispur hit by scam, Ex-Gov, Ministers in Rs. 1000 Cr. Scam: NIA report
Guwahati, Feb 18 (AGENCIES/PTI)
Published on 19 Feb. 2010 12:23 AM IST
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The startling revelation by The Week in its February 7, 2010 issue — seven Assam ministers, a Congress MP, a Congress MLA and a former Governor figure in the report of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the embezzlement funds (Rs 1000 cr) meant for NC Hills district, reported The Sentinel. The ministers whose names figure in the NIA report are Rockybul Hussain, Khorsing Ingty, Akon Bora, Chandan Brahma, Gautam Roy, Ajanta Neog and Himanta Biswa Sarma, while the names of Congress’ Haflong MLA GC Langthasa, Kaliabor MP Dip Gogoi and former Assam Governor Lt Gen (retd) Ajai Singh also figure in the NIA report, The Week said. The report said that former Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta had recommended the NIA probe immediately after the alleged politician-militant nexus had come to light. The Week said, “Worried by the report, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the meeting of chief ministers that, among other things, he was concerned about the situation in NC Hills district. Gogoi later told the press that the premier was ‘wrongly briefed’.’’ After Gogoi’s statement, Chidambaram called Gogoi for a meeting in New Delhi on September 1, 2009 when he grilled Gogoi based on the reports, The Week said: “A stunned Gogoi had no concrete answers for Chidambaram’s queries... Commendably, the NIA wound up the probe in five months and 15 days. According to the report, the nexus siphoned off Rs 1,000 crore between 2004 and mid-2009. The report also quoted former NCHAC chief executive member Depolal Hojai as telling the NIA that he had paid Rs 50 lakh to the then Assam Governor Ajai Singh in January 2008 to secure the CEM’s post, an allegation which Hojai declined to confirm when contacted by The Week. The Week report also quoted a senior bureaucrat in Guwahati telling the magazine that the NIA had sought permission to interrogate the seven ministers in question, but was refused. “He said as long as these ministers were at large, the Centre would not be able to stop insurgency in Assam. One witnesses told the NIA that he paid Rs 1.3 crore to a senior police officer through a junior police officer who is under suspension now, The Week report said, and added that the senior police officer (now retired) had a hand in engineering “secret killings” during the last Prafulla Kumar Mahanta government. “Apparently, this officer had also ordered the hit on Frankie Dimasa, DHD (J)’s foreign secretary. Frankie was killed in Guwahati within hours of DHD (J) leader Jewel Garlosa’s arrest in Bangalore. Frankie had the evidence of the money he had paid to the officer for going soft against the DHD (J),” The Week report quoted the witness as telling the NIA. Meanwhile, two of the seven Assam ministers, whose names have been mentioned for being allegedly involved in a Rs 1,000-crore scam, Thursday decided to initiate legal action against the magazine. “I am contemplating legal action against the magazine for publishing such fabricated and malicious report,” Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters here. Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora said the charge against him was “baseless” as he had “no knowledge of the entire affair”. Noting that he will take legal action, the minister said “I am surprised to find my name in the report of the magazine”. Gogoi dismisses Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today dismissed as baseless reports which alleged that seven of his Cabinet colleagues were involved in a Rs 1,000-crore scam operated through a politician-bureaucrat-militant nexus and said the motive was to malign his government. “The report in a (national) magazine is absolutely baseless and the National Investigating Agency (NIA) probing the scam has not informed me about any involvement of my ministers. Don’t you think if my ministers are involved, the agency would have told me about it,” Gogoi told reporters here. The weekly magazine in its February 7 issue had carried a report alleging that the names of seven Assam ministers, a Congress MP, MLA and a former governor have been mentioned in the NIA’s report.

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