Former Jharkhand agriculture minister arrested in seed scam

Last Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 23:57

Ranchi: Former Jharkhand agriculture minister and BJP leader Satyanand Bhokta was on Thursday arrested by a team of vigilance sleuths, two days after the state vigilance bureau grilled him in connection with the purchase of seeds when he was the minister.

"He (Bhokta) has been arrested in connection with the seed scam," Superintendent of Police (Vigilance Bureau) Vipul Shukla said here.

Bhokta, who was questioned on Tuesday, was arrested from his residence here, sources in the bureau said.

Bhokta held the portfolio of agriculture department during Arjun Munda-led BJP government between 2003 and 2005.

Bhokta, who was arrested after the second round of interrogation by the vigilance sleuths, was produced before a vigilance court, which sent him to 14 days judicial custody, a senior Vigilance Bureau official said.

JMM MLA Nalin Soren, who held the agriculture portfolio during Madhu Koda regime, is now in judicial custody in connection with the seed scam.


First Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 23:57

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