GUWAHATI, March 16: The Mising Autonomous Demand Committee (MADC) has accused Independent MLA from Jonai constituency Bhuban Pegu of a Rs-100 core scandal involving funds of the Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) and questioned his silence on the need for a CBI probe into the financial anomalies in the Paramananda Chayengia-led Executive Committee (EC) of the Council. Addressing a press conference here today, MADC president Dilip Pegu alleged that Bhuban Pegu had been involved in embezzlement of Rs 100 crore belonging to the MAC during 2005-09.
Of the amount in question, Rs 60 crore was plan fund, Rs 10 crore non-plan fund and about Rs 30 crore was part of the a special package for the Council. Dilip Pegu also said Bhuban Pegu had won the 2005 State Assembly election as an Independent backed by the Ganashakti, a local party, using money of the MAC.
“MAC Principal Secretary Gorgoram Pegu, who was arrested recently, had given Rs 5 crore to the Bhuban Pegu-led Ganashakti before the 2005 Assembly election. Bhuban Pegu used the money for fighting the election which he won as an Independent candidate”, alleged the MADC president. The police had arrested Gorgoram with over Rs 16 lakh at Mangaldai on March 9. As per media reports that the amount was meant for a State Cabinet minister.
“Bhuban Pegu is demanding a proper inquiry into the whole episode of the arrest of Gorgoram Pegu but he has never said that the CBI should investigate the financial irregularities in the Paramananda Chayengia-led MAC”, said Dilip Pegu.
The MADC president said the ongoing investigations into the financial anomalies in the MAC by the CID, Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch and Chief Minister’s Vigilance Cell had been very slow, adding there was a need for a CBI probe into the matter.
While expressing displeasure over the Opposition parties’ role over the issue, Dilip Pegu said the MADC had filed PIL in the Gauhati High Court.
Continuing the attack on Bhuban Pegu, MADC adviser Chaniram Pegu said 4 persons had been killed by members of the TMPK, MMK and the Ganashakti led by Bhuban Pegu and Ranuj Pegu during 2003-06. Chaniram Pegu also accused Bhuban Pegu of having links with Maoists, ULFA and Mising Tigers Force.
Source:The Sentinel,March 17,2010