Friday, June 18, 2010

Opposition's claims politically motivated in NC Hills scam: Gogoi

New Delhi, Jun 17 (UNI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today reacted strongly towards reports of Opposition accusing the state government of trying to protect the culprits in North Cachar Hills scam.

''The Opposition is raising a hue and cry just to gain political mileage by levelling baseless and politically motivated statement to tarnish the image of my government,'' Mr Gogoi said while addressing mediapersons here.

He asked that why the Opposition parties, AGP and BJP, were keeping mum when the CBI found prima-facie case to be tried in the court in LoC scandal against the then Chief Minister. ''What is their stand today on it?'' he said.

Mr Gogoi stated that the people of Assam, would see through the Opposition game plan and continue to rally behind the state government ''to unravel the misdeeds of certain unscrupulous elements in the embezzlement of public money in the NC Hills''.

Yesterday, the CBI had arrested two people, including a Junior Engineer, in connection with a corruption case in NC Hills Autonomous Council in Assam and recovered Rs 13.45 crore, in cash stacked in sacks and boxes from the house of a relative of a scam-accused official here.

The house, in Assam’s main city, is owned by Amjad Hussain, brother-in-law of RH Khan, one of the main accused in the multi-million rupee financial scam in Assam’s NC Hills district.

Khan, a deputy director in the state social welfare department and one of the 14 accused by the CBI of conniving with militants in swindling development funds, is in jail.

He was unraveled by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) last year.

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