NAN scam: Former Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh calls CM Bhupesh Bhagel's corruption claims baseless, says the latter unfit for office
The former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Raman Singh, called the current Bhupesh Bhagel’s allegations against him and his family members baseless. Singh also remarked that Bhupesh Bhagel has got nothing else to do but make baseless claims.
Raman Singh in his address to the media also added that Chattisgarh CM Bhagel was unfit for office and urged him to resign.
The statement comes after CM Bhagel wrote to the ED seeking a probe into the discrepancies in the 2015 Nagrik Apurti Nigam (NAN) scam that transpired between 2004 to 2015 in the preceding Raman Singh’s government.
Bhupesh Bhagel’s letter to Enforcement Directorate
Bhupesh Bhagel alleged that there has been exponential growth in the assets owned by Raman Singh and his family members and showed urgency for the authorities to Act upon it. Bhagel in his letter wrote that in 2015, during the BJP governance, the anti Corruption agency had carried out raids and booked 28 people on charges of corruption, however, 16 of the 28 people were given clean chit subsequently.
The Chief Minister also alleged that the corruption escalated in the state over the years. The ED or the Centre failed to investigate the matter, highlighted Bhagel in his letter. He also added that the names of the CM, MD, and Chairman were on the receiving end of the transactions.
In his 6-page long letter to the ED, he also highlighted that even though, in January 2019, ED had probed and investigated the matter, they haven’t come out with names for the multi-crore PDS scam.
He further added and highlighted the exponential growth in Raman Singh’s and Son, Abhishek, properties while reading out the affidavits submitted by Raman Singh and his son during assembly elections.
Bhagel added to his allegations in the letter as he wrote that Raman Singh’s son, Abhishek Singh, has served as director for three companies and named the three companies. Bhagel alleged that Abhishek had bought a resort in Uttrakhand which will be proven if investigated. Bhagel, in his statement, concluded it by giving the ED an ultimatum that if the ED fails to take cognizance of the matter within 15 days, he will file a petition in court.