Shri Ajay Maken along with Shri Bhupesh Baghel, President, Chhattisgarh PCC and Shri T.S. Singh Deo, Leader of Opposition, Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, explained to the media about the so-called ‘Mother of all Scams’ which has been unearthed in Chhattisgarh. Shri Maken circulated to the media, a Press Release in English and Hindi along with supporting documents. A copy has already been e-mailed to the media.
To a question whether there was any fresh revelations with regard to the same, Shri Maken said the latest revelation is based on the challan that has been presented before the Court on 6th June and we have said today is based on the facts that have been presented in public domain in which the CM, his wife and his sister-in-law - all three of them - directly or indirectly have been named. Our question is when they have been named, why their names do not figure as accused?
Besides, the second thing which we are pointing out is that out of the 113 pages recovered from the prime accused in this case, why only 6 pages have been put in challan and where are the rest of the pages. What has not been produced in challan, what we have placed before you and we are again saying is that the ACB Chief himself has admitted that it is difficult for him and beyond his scope and domain to name the Chief Minister or point fingers at him and other higher ups involved in the scam.
Shri Maken said that the 4 people names are:
1. Shri Shiv Shankar Bhatt, Divisional Manager (Head Office) Nagrik Aapurti Nigam
2. Shri Arvind Dhruv, Steno to MD, Nagrik Aapurti Nigam
3. Shri K.K. Barik, Steno working in the Nagrik Aapurti Nigam and also engaged in courier work
4. Shri Girish Sharma, Steno to MD, Nagrik Aapurti Nigam (whose three pages have been attached with the challan)
All the above four officials are posted in the Nagrik Aapurti Nigam and these are the people who were raided and from whom, incriminating documents including cash were recovered.
The Congress party demands that the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh should immediately resign and, as requested, a SIT under the monitoring of the Hon’ble Supreme Court should be formed to unearth the truth because it contains the name of the CM, his wife, the sister-in-law of the Chief Minister and other Ministers.
On another question as to who were the recipients of cash in Delhi and Nagpur, Shri Maken said we strongly feel that Nagpur where Headquarters of RSS located and Delhi where the Headquarters of the BJP is. The entry clearly shows that Rs. 16 crores each have been sent to these places, Congress demands that both should come out clean on this important revelation. We are not going to settle less than a Supreme Court monitored SIT probe because after all this matter involves thousands of Crores of ill-gotten money mentioned in various diaries including what has been put in the challan in the Court.
Shri Maken further said that the Congress party will consult to its Legal Department about the future action plan - political or legal.
To another question about the present scam, Shri Maken said that this scam is related to the procurement of rice and its distribution through Nagrik Aapurti Nigam which procures the same from the Rice Mills from whom it has been alleged that the money has been received. Firstly, diary has been recovered. Secondly, nobody can deny the fact that during the recent raids in February this year, cash to the tune of around Rs. 3.63 Crores was recovered. Thirdly, challan has been presented in the Court. The entries in the diary point fingers at the names of the CM, his wife and his sister-in-law. The rest of the pages may contain much more things. The Congress party demands as to why their names do not appear as accused in the Challan?
Shri Maken further said that as per the leaders of the Chhattisgarh Congress party, this scam is of the magnitude of around Rs. 36,000 crores spread over a period of ten years at an average rate of Rs. 300 Crore per month, as also revealed in the diaries.
On another question whether any arrest has made in this case, Shri Baghel said first of all 28 people were named as accused out of which 12 people have been named as witness, 13 people have been arrested and in a sting operation Shri Shiv Shankar Bhatt has admitted the names of the CM, his close relatives and of Satna family, in-laws of CM.
On the question of serious allegations of hospitality leveled by Shri Lalit Modi through tweet against Shri Rahul Gandhi, Shri Maken said he is aware of the tweet and also the picture but it does not mean anything. Thousands of people including our film stars watch cricket matches. Like people enjoy cricket and likewise Shri Rahul Gandhi is there also.The real issue is who are the people who had helped Shri Lalit Modi to leave the country, helped him in getting the travel documents and helped him in his business deals. It is clear that the ‘Chhota Modi’ is trying to help the ‘Big Modi’ and his party and they are not talking on the real issues.
The main issue is of corruption. Shri Maken reiterated that in 2011 the 38th Finance Committee had submitted its report running into 78 pages wherein it had mentioned about the violations of FEMA and ED by the BCCI and at that time, as Sports Minister, the Spokesperson had taken some steps in this direction, which resulted in 19 notices of violations of FEMA were issued by the ED and also there were noticed issued on 96 cases of service tax violations. UPA Government also had withdrawn the income tax exemption given to the BCCI. However on the other hand, it was the BJP which had helped Shri Lalit Modi to get asylum and helped him get travel documents. They should answer all these questions. The cricket match photo is just to divert the attention from the real issue.
On the question of reaction of the Congress party on the Socio-Economic Survey report released by the Finance Ministry yesterday, Shri Maken said based on the report, three weeks ago none other than the Economic Advisor to the PM had issued a statement during the UPA Government, an unprecedented 14 Crore people came out of poverty. The Economic Advisor to the PM also has said that such a thing has never happened in the Indian history. The BJP should agree to the advice of the Economic Advisor attached to the PM.
On the question of the reaction of the Congress party on the Kandhar issue, Shri Maken said they could have avoided the incident if they so wished. They could have handled the issue sensibly.
On the relationship of PDP with BJP, Shri Maken said without going into what exactly has been said by former RAW Chief, what I would like to say is that as far as BJP and PDP relations are concerned, we should remember that just before the elections - at the time of elections - Shri Narendra Modi had criticized both the NC and the PDP and Shri Modi had said that BJP is here to ensure that ‘Baap Bete ki sarkar’ and ‘Baap beti ki sarkar’ J&K mein na aaye’ and soon after the election, he chose to select ‘Baap Beti ki sarkar’ and formed Government with them.
This is not only on this issue but on other issues as well, we feel that it was unethical on the part of BJP to form the Government in J&K and support Shri Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and PDP there. Even the BJP leaders and its workers are not happy with this agreement and after that what has happened in J&K, we have all seen. This is something which we all know that Shri Narendra Modi spoke against such ‘Baap Beti ki sarkar’ before elections and this is something which has not happened in isolation. We have seen that in Maharashtra as well where they said they will not form the Government with ‘Hafta-Vasooli party’ or the ‘Naturally Corrupt Party’. The BJP came to power with the support of ‘Naturally Corrupt Party’ and now they are ruling party with the support of ‘Hafta vasooli party’. So this is something which Shri Narendra Modi, just because of the lust of power, has been doing.