CBI feud: Union Minister Haribhai Chaudhary junks graft slur

CBI feud: Union Minister Haribhai Chaudhary junks graft slur

Agency News

Palanpur, Nov 27: Union Minister of State for Coal Haribhai P Chaudhary on Tuesday averred that the allegations of taking money leveled against him by Central Bureau of Investigation official M K Sinha were completely baseless.

In his address during an event in Samdhi village under his Lok Sabha constituency Banaskantha in Gujarat, Mr Chaudhary asserted that he would retire from public life and politics if proved guilty.

It may be recalled that CBI official M K Sinha had dragged the names of Minister Chaudhary, Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdhury and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval over alleged attempts to interfere in the probe against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana in a corruption case. Asthana and the regular director Alok Verma, have been sent on leave following an open feud between the two.

CBI DIG Sinha, who was also associated with the probe against Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi in the Punjab National scam, had alleged last week that in June 2018, the Union Minister was paid a few crore rupees through a businessman to intervene in the probe.

Mr Chaudhary, in a statement earlier, had termed the allegations ' absolutely false and baseless'. Breaking his week-long silence, Mr Chaudhary said, ' I want to speak about the allegations from this open stage and reaffirm that the allegations leveled by the CBI official were baseless. I don't even know him. The government should do detailed probe in to it and take action against the official. If I am proven guilty I will quit public life and politics forever.' (UNI)