‘Narco-test CD’ naming Chhattisgarh CM forged,says co-accused

Sinha claims to have paid this amount on behalf of the bank’s president,Rita Tiwari,who is out on bail

Written by Express News Service | Raipur | Published: July 23, 2013 1:08 am

Two days after the Congress released a CD of the purported narco-test of a bank scam accused in which he names Chief Minister Raman Singh,four of his cabinet ministers and the then DGP as beneficiaries,another accused on Monday refuted the charges.

The CD purportedly shows Umesh Sinha,the accused manager of Indira Priyadarshini Mahila Nagrik Sahkari Bank,stating that he paid Rs 1 crore each to Raman Singh,PWD Minister Brijmohan Agarwal,Transport Minister Rajesh Moonat,Health Minister Amar Agarwal,Panchayat Minister Ramvichar Netam and then DGP O P Rathore. Sinha claims to have paid this amount on behalf of the bank’s president,Rita Tiwari,who is out on bail. But claiming that the CD was “forged”,Tiwari said: “This is a conspiratorial lie — that he paid the amount on my behalf to the CM or other ministers. His statement is baseless. He is a noted criminal and his entire statement is to protect himself and mislead the police.” She claimed Sinha was such an expert that he could even manipulate those who conducted the narco-test.

While the BJP government claimed that Tiwari’s statement proved that the CD was not authentic,the Congress said it confirmed that the charges are true. “What is the authenticity of a statement by an accused? It is shameful that the government is seeking a character certificate from an accused,” said Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel.

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