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CBI raids Ibobi’s residences in graft case

Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 22 | Publish Date: 11/22/2019 11:43:49 AM IST

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the residence and quarter of former Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh in Imphal and Thoubal here on Friday.

The raid was related with a multi-crore fund embezzlement scam in the now disbanded Manipur Development Society (MDS). Ibobi was the chairman of MDS.

CBI is investigating into the alleged misappropriation of government funds to the tune of Rs.332 crore sanctioned for various developmental works to be implemented by MDS.

The former chief minister was among the six persons named as accused in the case which was first investigated by state police before the state government decided to hand over the case to CBI in April 2018.

After more than a year since the state government approached, the CBI recently registered a case based on police investigation report and on October 18, 2019. The agency sought the permission of Manipur government for questioning all the six alleged accused mentioned in the FIR lodged at Imphal police station.

The six persons include former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, former project director of MDS Yambem Ningthem Singh, former chief secretaries DS Poonia, PC Lawmkhunga and Oinam Nabakishore Singh and MDS administrative officer S Ranjit Singh. 

The raids at the residence of the former chief minister at Athokpam Leikai in Thoubal district and his government allotted quarter in Imphal’s Babupara was carried out after obtaining necessary permission from the state government. 

The CBI teams simultaneously raided the two residences of Ibobi this morning. 

Teams of CBI also raided the residences of other alleged accused listed in the police FIR in Imphal and other parts of the country, reports said.

The CBI raided at six locations including native residence and official quarter of former chief minister. Other locations were residence of former state chief secretary O Nabakishore, project director of MDS Yambem Ningthem, project assistance Ranjit as well as MDS office.

The former chief minister, who is currently in Delhi, told to a local TV channel here, that he was not afraid of the raids at his residences, saying that he had done nothing wrong. Singh further said that he was ready to cooperate with the investigation by the CBI or any other agencies.

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