Kiren Rijiju in trouble : Congress allegedly releases audio of Rijiju’s cousin involvement in Rs 450 Crs Hydro Project scam

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Arunachal Pradesh : Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju; his cousin, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, Goboi Rijiju; and several top officials of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), including its Chairman and Managing Director, have been named in a 129-page report by the PSU’s Chief Vigilance Officer that alleges corruption in the construction of two dams for 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project, one of the biggest hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh reports The Indian Express

According to reports, CVO Satish Verma sent reports with evidence to the CBI, CVC and the Ministry of Power in July this year, alleges an “elaborate conspiracy” involving contractors, NEEPCO officials and the West Kameng district administration to defraud NEEPCO and the government of funds that “may extend up to Rs 450 crore.” West Kameng, the site of the project, falls in Arunachal West, the Minister’s parliamentary constituency.

 

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The CBI has made two “surprise checks” but no FIR has been registered yet.

Verma, a Gujarat IPS officer, was pulled up by NEEPCO for “unauthorised absence,” and transferred to the CRPF in Tripura soon after his report. He attributes the “absence” to his investigation.

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Congress released audio tapes as  proof of Kiren Rijiju’s Involvement in ‘Scam’, Seeks His Resignation

Congress on Tuesday released a 28-minute audio tape to prove involvement of Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and his brother in a scam related to the construction of a 405-crore Hydro-electric power project.

Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Rijiju’s brother, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, was involved in a scam and had the backing of the minister.

“We have audio proof against Mr.Kiren Rijiju’s brother,” Surjewala said.

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Surjewala said that, ” prior to elections the PM had claimed that he would neither indulge in corruption not let others do anything but looks like things have changed.”

The Congress leader claimed that “MoS Rijiju  cleared dubious deals in the Kameng Hydro Electric project and his cousin’s voice has been caught on the 28-minute audio tape. ”

“He must tender his resignation till the probe ends as several facts on hydro power project have been forged,” he added.

Surjewala also said, “PM should issue a statement on the Kameng Hydro Electric project ‘scam’.”

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Kiren Rijiju denies allegations

Asked about his letter and his cousin approaching the CVO the minister told The Indian Express: I did write a letter to Ministry of Power to release funds to Patel Engineering (the contractor). But it was on the basis of a petition I had received from local contractors of the area. I had no idea it involved a scam. If it is a scam, it must be probed and those responsible must be punished. I am totally against corruption.

With PTI inputs

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