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FIRs filed over ‘scams’ throughout Congress rule in Chhattisgarh


The Chhattisgarh Financial Offence Wing/Anti-Corruption Bureau (EOW/ACB) has filed separate FIRs associated to 2 alleged scams that occurred through the earlier Congress administration within the state.

These FIRs – one every in reference to the alleged District Mineral Basis (DMF) and customized rice milling scams – have been registered based mostly on a criticism by the Directorate of Enforcement which was probing corruption in each instances. A senior ACB official mentioned the FIRs had been registered earlier this month. 

Official in custody

A number of civil servants, in addition to contractors, businessmen and others have been named. These embrace Ranu Sahu, a bureaucrat who’s in judicial custody for her alleged involvement within the coal levy rip-off, a broadly mentioned case of purported corruption. On January 17, the EOW/ACB lodged two separate FIRS in reference to the alleged coal levy and liquor scams, naming round 100 individuals, together with a number of Congress leaders.

Within the case pertaining to DMF – a belief, arrange as a non-profit physique in all districts of Chhattisgarh to work for individuals and websites affected by mining – the ED has alleged large-scale monetary irregularities within the allotment of tenders by the DMF in Korba district. 

A authorities assertion mentioned there was wrongdoing in figuring out tenders which resulted in unlawful advantages to bidders, inflicting monetary losses to the State.

“Prima facie, it has been discovered that (IAS officer) Ranu Sahu and different public servants, misused their positions and hatched a felony conspiracy in connivance with varied bidders for allotment of assorted tenders, and to go and clear payments for greater than the precise worth of any merchandise and procure funds, and guarantee unlawful profit to those bidders and middlemen,” the assertion reads.

Customized milling case 

Within the different case, the ED’s report paperwork alleged irregularities recognized within the strategy of depositing rice with the state Civil Provides Company and the Meals Company of India (FCI) by rice millers after customized milling of rice.

“Numerous authorities officers misused their place and colluded with the rice millers and obtained undue advantages inflicting monetary loss to the federal government,” the federal government assertion learn. 

The assertion added that the then District Advertising and marketing Officer of Chhattisgarh State Cooperative Advertising and marketing Federation Restricted (CG-Markfed) of Korba –Preetika Pooja Kerketta was instructed by Manoj Soni, the then Managing Director (Markfed), via Roshan Chandrakar that solely the payments of these rice millers who paid fee, will probably be settled. MARKFED is an Apex stage Federation of Cooperative Advertising and marketing Societies within the State of Chhatttisgarh. 

The assertion additionally referred to a search operation performed by the Earnings Tax Division prior to now, unaccounted money, amounting to roughly ₹1.06 crore, together with a number of incriminating paperwork and digital units had been purportedly recovered. It pegged the worth of those recoveries from rice millers at round ₹140 crore. 

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