Ex-chief engineer arrested in Tripura PWD scam

Agartala, Oct 14 (IANS) | Publish Date: 10/14/2019 12:16:56 PM IST

Tripura police arrested a former Chief Engineer of PWD and attempted to arrest ex-PWD Minister after registering an FIR in alleged “irregularities of multi-crore developmental package during previous Left Front rule”.

Police arrested former PWD Chief Engineer Sunil Bhowmik late Sunday night soon after the vigilance wing of Tripura police registered an FIR. Police and state government officials remained tight lipped about the development.

Local media reports said that the FIR was registered about the “misdeeds in implementations of over Rs 600 crore numerous projects during previous Left Front government in 2008-09.

Since Sunday night and throughout Monday, the police team led by an officiating magistrate searched various places including state headquarters of CPI-M to arrest former minister Badal Choudhury, who was Minister in-charge of PWD and Finance Departments.

Former Minister and senior leader of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Manik Dey told reporters that huge contingent of police and Tripura State Rifles without any search warrant and without citing any reason wanted to search the party headquarters, but they were not allowed.

“We have nothing to hide and police can search our party offices and residences of any leaders, but it should be in accordance with law,” Dey added.

Badal Choudhury filed for anticipatory bail on Monday before the District and Sessions court here. The Judge S. B. Datta Purakayastha after a long hearing passed an interim bail late Monday evening till October 16.

The issue has rocked the state politics since Sunday night after the police launched the crackdown. The opposition CPI-M in a statement said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government hatched a conspiracy against former PWD minister and senior party leader Badal Choudhury and accordingly registered an FIR with the police on Sunday.

“To divert the attention of the people from the huge misgovernance of the BJP-led government, massive non-performance of the state government, failure to fulfill the electoral promise and as part of it’s political vendetta, the (state) government hatched the conspiracies against the previous Left Front government and former minister,” the statement said.

It also said that the previous CPI-M led Left Front government had implemented enormous developmental projects with absolute transparency but the BJP-led government is trying to malign the good image of the former government.

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