No new FIR lodged in Antagarh tape scam, says CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Feb 2019 14:57:24


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Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday reiterated that the new Congress government is taking forward inquiry into the Antagarh tape scam based on the FIR lodged in the previous government and no new FIR has been lodged in this matter.

Talking to mediapersons at Rajiv Bhawan here, the Chief Minister said that the FIRs were lodged during the rule of BJP government and this government has just initiated a proper and systematic inquiry into the scam based on the FIR lodged earlier.

Reacting over Manturam Pawar and former Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh’s meeting, Baghel said that the meeting between the two indicates that they were allegedly involved in the Antagarh tape scam.

“The Congress government has ordered a complete inquiry into the Antagarh tape scam and Food and Civil Supplies scam. FIRs were registered in the then BJP government. No fresh FIR has been lodged,” he added.

Replying to a query on Central government’s upcoming budget on Friday, Baghel said that the people of the country had been facing a lot of problem due to four years misrule of the NDA government. GST and demonetisation were forcefully implemented in the country because of it, the people are facing a lot of problems, he said.

Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee President Baghel said that the preparations are on for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the party would win maximum Lok Sabha seats in the state.


SIT to libel tribal: Manturam Pawar

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Bhupesh Baghel led Congress Government is working with malicious political vendetta against him as there was no point in setting up Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe a case rejected long ago by the Apex Court, stated Manturam Pawar Special Investigation Team while demanding appointment of a retired High Court Judge to monitor the SIT probe in the case.

He was talking to mediapersons before heading to the old Central Crime Branch (CCB) Head Quarter for interrogation in the Antagarh tape scam by Special Investigation Team.  He also threatened of filing cases under provisions of SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and a defamation case if nothing comes out of the probe. They are trying to threaten and libel a tribal man, Pawar added.

Most important person in the scam, Manturam Pawar held an hour-long closed-door meeting with the former Chief Minister Raman Singh before he headed to crime branch office. 

After reaching the old CCB Head Quarters, Manturam Pawar stated that previous Government couldn’t find anything substantial in the case even after a detailed investigation. Now, Bhupesh Baghel led State Government has formed the Special Investigation Team for no apparent reason, but political vendetta. Congress Party at that time was embroiled in inner conflicts, which is why he had withdrawn the nomination. Pawar rejected the allegations of accepting money for nomination withdrawal. He was still unaware about the reasons of Special Investigation Team summoning him.

Antagarh case was rejected by the High Court and the Supreme Court. He has no idea who took money, but allegation on him is fallacious.