PMO orders probe against Chattisgarh minister's alleged corruption

The Prime Minister’s Office acted on a complaint seeking an investigation into the minister's alleged massive corruption and disproportionate assets.

Published: 29th August 2017 08:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th August 2017 08:24 AM   |  A+A-

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RAIPUR: Trouble is brewing for a senior minister in a BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh following the cognisance taken by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the complaint seeking an investigation into his alleged massive corruption and disproportionate assets. The complainants Manjeet Kaur and K K Sahu had sent a letter to the PMO bringing up the alleged corruption of the minister that also included several transactions worth crores apparently in collusions with the officials at some private banks through various accounts reportedly not linked with his PAN card.

The state panchayat, rural development and health minister Ajay Chandrakar’s assertion that the high court gave him a clean chit on the issue was discredited by Satish Verma, the counsel for the complainants.

According to the complainants, Chandrakar carried out transactions worth billions from 18 different accounts with many of them not linked with PAN or Aadhar card number.

Huge amounts were transferred to the accounts even of his wife and relatives too but from whom remain unclear, they further accused the minister in their complaint.

The PMO has directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Chhattisgarh government to initiative appropriate action in the complaint that alleged Chandrakar has accumulated immense disproportionate assets.

“As the subject matter is related to corruption and black money which concerns to Enforcement Directorate and the state government of Chhattisgarh, it is requested to take action in the matter as deemed appropriate”, the PMO official communication stated.

Chandrakar said that so far he had neither heard from the ED nor from the chief secretary’s office regarding the notice or instruction issued by the PMO.

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