Congress says Chhattisgarh CM took bribe, releases CD

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 12:43 hrs

Creating troubles for Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, opposition party Congress has released a video CD along with the transcript of a narco-analysis test of an accused in a cooperative bank fraud scam, which shows him as claiming that bank officials had paid Rs 1 crore to the chief minister.

According to reports, besides Singh, three senior cabinet ministers and the then director general of police were also the beneficiaries of Rs. 1 crore each.

The CD purportedly shows accused manager of a cooperative bank Umesh Sinha claiming that he and other bank officers paid Rs 1 crore each to Singh, PWD Minister Brijmohan Agarwal, Transport Minister Rajesh Moonat, Panchayat Minister Ramvichar Netam and then DGP O P Rathore.

In 2006, a Chhattisgarh-based cooperative bank Indira Priyadarshini Mahila Nagrik Sahkari Bank suspended its operations after defaulting on the payments of depositors.

In 2007, the bank's licence was cancelled by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and a First Information Report (FIR) was filed against its officers.

Sinha was among those arrested, whose narco-analysis was conducted in June 2007, following the court's permission.

It was also revealed that the registrar of cooperative societies had also sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in 2010. But the government did not agree.

The Congress has alleged that the government was paid the money to cover up the scam.

"They paid money to the chief minister and other ministers to cover up the scam. The government embezzled even the hard-earned money of ordinary investors," Congress programme coordinator Bhupesh Baghel was quoted as saying as he released the CD.

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