Raipur. Chattisgarh. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday said that after studying the documents related to the case, after the court allowed the reopening of the investigation into the alleged scam in the Indira Priyadarshini Mahila Nagrik Sahakari Bank in 2006 during the Bharatiya Janata Party regime. will be processed. Talking to reporters in Raipur, Baghel said that strict action will be taken against those who looted the hard earned money of the account holders and efforts will be made to get the cheated money back from them.
When asked about the investigation into the scam, Baghel said, “Action will be taken against those who are found guilty in the investigation. The court has ordered its further investigation. Our police officers are going through the files related to the case and further action will be taken on the basis of them.” He said that the important thing is that the laborers, farmers, small traders whose hard-earned money was lost in this scam should get it back. The Chief Minister promised that the entire embezzled amount would be recovered and returned to the account holders.
Criticizing the previous BJP government led by Raman Singh, Baghel said, “The scam was unearthed during the BJP rule and narco test of the accused was also done, but neither it was investigated nor the money of the account holders was returned .” Baghel had tweeted last week, “The Honorable Court has given permission to investigate the Priyadarshini Bank scam of embezzlement of public hard-earned money.
Umesh Sinha, one of the main accused in the narco test, had told that he had given crores of rupees to several BJP leaders including the then Chief Minister Raman Singh and his ministers Amar Agarwal, Brijmohan Agarwal and Ramvichar Netam. Money was also given to many other people including bank operators. Corruption should be exposed. The culprits must be punished.” A police official said that in 2006-07, after a scam of about Rs 22 crore in the cooperative bank was unearthed, the Raipur police registered a case and arrested 11 people, including the then bank manager Umesh Sinha.
He told that after the investigation, the chargesheet was filed in the court and all the 11 accused are currently out of jail on bail.
The police officer said that recently the deputy advocate general of the state had given an application in the court demanding re-investigation of the case. He told that after the court’s order, the narco test, FSL report and other documents of the case were handed over to the Raipur police on Sunday.