Agartala, May 17 : Tripura police have faced serious criticism of being instrumental by the ruling party accused of malicious prosecution after the last accused of Rs 164 Cr so-called corruption case in PWD of left regime former Chief Secretary Y P Singh was released on bail by the trial court yesterday on 88th day of his arrest. Earlier, two more prime accused of the case former PWD minister of left front government and CPI (M) MLA Badal Choudhury and former engineer-in-chief Sunil Bhowmik were also released on bail, as police could not frame charges against the accused.
Even after seven months of registering the case against three important personalities of the government, police could not make much satisfactory headway in the investigation. Quoting the corroborated statements of three accused to police during their custody, Y P Singh’s counsel senior advocate and Chief of Tripura Congress Pijush Kanti Biswas said, “The case was filed merely on assumption without minimum proof and to pursue vendetta politics by BJP-IPFT government in Tripura, which sat a bad precedence in the country.” He said there were instances of arresting former ministers and chief secretary on corruption cases in different states. But nowhere in the country, police had done whims action against such personalities just to please the political bosses without any basis. The allegation was the accused persons had favoured some companies during the tender process of construction work and awarded the work to private parties at 35-47 percent profit but no evidence police could provide so far to probe the charges.
“None of these three accused persons were liable to award the works at a higher rate to the companies. The decision was taken at the work advisory board and duly apprised in the cabinet meeting, which was reflected in statements of the then Chief Secretary Shashi Prakash and Additional Chief Secretary A K Mangotra to police. So, there is no scope of raising such allegations against any individual where the council of ministers and head of the government decided the matter,” Biswas stated. He stated that in seven months police could not do anything except arresting a former minister, top bureaucrats, and harassing them. Investigation so far could not show anything to probe the accused persons were given some benefit in return of awarding them work at high-profit margin to the companies or anything to probe them involved in corruption in the court of law.
The claims of preliminary investigation by the state vigilance based on which an FIR had been filed was also not substantiated so far, Biswas argued. The state government had registered a case of corruption against Badal Choudhury, Y P Singh and Sunil Bhowmik on October 13 last year and immediately Bhowmik was arrested and allegedly tortured in police custody. A week after his arrest, Choudhury was arrested from a private hospital when he had gone for treatment. Both of them were granted bail after three months, as police could not file chargesheet. Y P Singh was arrested from a housing complex in Ghaziabad on February 17 and served in police and jail custody for 88 days. Even then police was not able to make any headway in the case despite a series of questioning the accused persons and recording the statement of former Chief Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary. (UNI)