Tripura High Court asks for explanation why FIR was not registered in rural scheme scam

The opposition Congress had this Monday filed a PIL asking for a CBI probe into the Bishalgarh RD Block financial scam.

By: Express News Service | Aizawl | Published: October 29, 2014 6:41:56 pm
The Tripura High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the state government and called for an explanation on why an FIR was not registered when the then Finance Minister Badal Chowdhury asked one to be registered in May after a Rs 17 crore rural scheme scam was discovered by an internal audit.

The opposition Congress had this Monday filed a PIL asking for a CBI probe into the Bishalgarh RD Block financial scam. The petition was admitted Wednesday, and the HC issued notices to the state government.

Congress spokesperson Dr Ashok Sinha had attached in his petition a note by then Finance Minister Badal Chowdhury directing that an FIR be registered against erring officials on May 19.

The FIR was never registered, and Chowdhury was shifted from Finance to Health a few days later.

The finance portfolio was handed over to Bhanu Lal Saha, who at the time held the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Information and Culture portfolios and is the MLA from Bishalgarh.

When the audit report leaked and the opposition raised a hue and cry over it, the Bishalgarh BDO Subrata Das filed an FIR against 12 officials, including his predecessor Bimal Chakraborty, who at the time had been promoted to Assistant Director of the Information and Culture department.

Chakraborty has since been arrested and named as the prime accused in the scam.

Meanwhile, Audit Department director Lalmuana Rokhum, an IAS officer under whom the audits were carried out, was shifted to the State Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development or SIPARD as Officer on Special Duty.

The Congress then went to the HC with a petition demanding a CBI probe into the matter saying alleging the state police would not be able to conduct an impartial probe.

The next date of hearing has been fixed for November 24.

 

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