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PDS rice scam: IAS officers summoned by Chhattisgarh ACB

This is the first instance when an IAS officer has been called by the police for interrogation in a corruption case in Chhattisgarh.

The Chhattisgarh Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has finally sent notices to senior IAS officers Dr Alok Shukla and Anil Tuteja for their alleged role in the PDS rice scam. While Shukla was the food secretary, Tuteja headed the Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd when the ACB raided its offices across the state and unearthed the scam. Both were transferred after the raids. Shukla is Health secretary at present, Tuteja heads the Panchayat department.

Shukla’s business partner Raipur-based Dr Anand Dubey has also been issued a notice today. “We have called them for recording their statement about their role in the scam,” said a police officer.

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This is the first instance when an IAS officer has been called by the police for interrogation in a corruption case in Chhattisgarh.

The Indian Express had first reported that Shukla and Tuteja were among those top government functionaries who had figured as alleged scam beneficiaries in documents recovered from Tuteja’s PA Girish Sharma. Huge amount was shown to have transferred to Shukla in the last few months.

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ACB also has voice call records of these officers where they are allegedly talking to others regarding commission money.

ACB sources said that after questioning their voice samples will be taken for examination.

The ACB had earlier said that the corporation allowed rice millers to supply poor quality PDS rice to the government and received massive commission for them. This commission was then distributed through the entire hierarchy of the government functionaries.

While the ACB had swiftly named and arrested junior employees, senior officers remained elusive, prompting the Congress to accuse.