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AGP submits memo, AASU to take legal course on Rs 1000 cr scam
Published on 20 Feb. 2010 11:01 PM IST
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The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today submitted a memorandum, while the All Assam Students Union(AASU) announced that it would take legal course of action on the Rs 1000-crore scam, involving terrorists and Assam ministers. The scam surfaced when a report in this regard was published in the newsmagazine ‘The Week’. The ruling Congress denied any involvement in the scam, while the Opposition was mounting pressure on the government for a CBI inquiry. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has done the probe and already charge sheeted 11 people, but left out the Ministers and a former Governor. About Rs 1,000 crore had allegedly been swindled in a period of five years from the North Cachar Hills District Council by a group of politicians and bureaucrats, using a terrorist outfit Dima Halao Daoga (DHD). This morning, AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary led the AGP delegation to Raj Bhawan and Governor J B Patnaik demanding a CBI inquiry as well as immediate dismissal of the ministers, as reported by UNI. On the other hand, in a news conference today, All Assam Students Union (AASU) said they would take legal course, seeking court’s intervention to order a CBI probe. The NIA too in its 66-page charge sheet favoured a thorough CBI probe in the scam as they were asked to find out the criminal nexus between the politicians and the bureaucrats. Criticising media reports, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday claimed that everything was false and he had never interfered in the NIA probe. He also offered to resign if proven guilty and also announced immediate sacking of any ministers if found involved in the huge scam. The NIA had already arrested a number of key bureaucrats who were allegedly kingpins in siphoning off the huge amount of money using the terrorists.

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