THREE DAYS after former AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav raised questions on the Chhattisgarh government’s purchase of AgustaWestland helicopters, Marwahi MLA Amit Jogi Sunday alleged that Chief Minister Raman Singh and his MP son Abhishek Singh had invested “black money” in foreign accounts, with some “bogus companies opened and then closed down”.
Responding to the charges, Raman Singh said the allegations were “no more than a joke”, and that Amit Jogi was attempting to increase his political stock. He said all allegations against the purchase process of the Agusta helicopters have been rejected, and that the matter would further be taken up in the Assembly.
Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, T S Singh Deo, meanwhile, has written to the Enforcement Directorate, asking for a probe into the purchase of the helicopters by the state government.
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Targeting Raman Singh, Amit Jogi alleged, “I have come to know that Sharp Ocean company was closed on August 1, 2008. The Chhattisgarh government paid full commission to the company in the beginning of 2008. After this, Abhishek Singh’s company Quest Heights was opened on July 3, 2008 and then Sharp Ocean Company transferred the full commission amount to Quest Heights…After 27 days of opening of Abhishek Singh’s Quest Heights, Sharp Ocean was closed. Not only this, this company which is registered in British Virgin Islands and run through Hong Kong, is declared as ‘private’ in terms of business; which indicates that intentionally details were hidden.”
Later, Jogi reached Civil Line police station to file a complaint based on these and other charges.