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SIB summons former labour minister for questioning

The special investigation bureau (SIB) of Co-operative cell today issued notice to former Labour minister Badhshah Singh,asking him to appear for questioning on a matter related to Labour and Construction Co-operative Federation (LACCFED) scam case.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: September 25, 2012 4:55:58 am

The special investigation bureau (SIB) of Co-operative cell today issued notice to former Labour minister Badhshah Singh,asking him to appear for questioning on a matter related to Labour and Construction Co-operative Federation (LACCFED) scam case.

Singh has been asked to appear before SIB within next five working days,a senior official confirmed.

The official said that an executive engineer of LACCFED,Dinesh Kumar Sahu,who is also an accused in the scam,has alleged that Badshah Singh was handed over Rs 5 crore as cut money in advance from the department’s account in return for getting a contract of construction of Labour Adda (shelter for labourers) across the state in 2010.

The former minister did not return the money even after the work could not be allotted to LACCFED,Sahu said during interrogation.

Former Higher Education Minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi was questioned by SIB a few days ago on a similar allegation. A named accused in LACCFED scam case — Govind Sharan Srivastava — then chief engineer in LACCFED,had alleged that Tripathi was handed over cut money of Rs 4 crore in return for a contract given to the department.

Tripathi,however,had denied the allegations.

Meanwhile,on Monday,SIB issued a notice to former minister Badshah Singh on the basis of Sahu’s allegation,who was arrested by SIB on September 11 for allegedly siphoning off Rs 3 crore.

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