Itanagar/Lakhimpur: Former Arunachal Pradesh
Chief Minister Gegong Apang was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged
involvement in a multi-crore public distribution system scam
and remanded in seven days police custody.
Apang was arrested by the Special Investigation Cell
constituted by the Arunachal Pradesh government and charged
under section 120b (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468
(forgery), 409 (criminal breach of trust) of IPC read with B-2
Prevention of Prevention of Corruption Act.
"Apang was arrested based on material evidence and
statement given by the other accused," the cell`s
investigating officer M S Chauhan told PTI in Itanagar.
"We provided Apang with a set of questionnaires and
despite three earlier summons he appeared before the SIC only
today. He denied knowledge of facts or persons involved in the
scam," he said.
Apang was later produced before special sessions court
judge Pradip Khanikar in Assam`s Lakhimpur city who remanded
the former chief minister in seven days police custody. The
judge also directed Apang`s periodic medical check-up.
The former CM, who was brought here amidst tight security
after his case was forwarded to special sessions court as
there is no court or jail in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh,
told reporters before entering the court that his arrest was a
political conspiracy to tarnish his image.
"I am in no way involved in the scam and I demand a CBI
inquiry into it," he said.
The Special Investigation Cell was constituted by the
Arunchal Pradesh government on the directive of the Gauhati
High Court after a PIL was filed by the Arunachal Citizens`
Right Chairperson Bamang Anthony and Domin Loya on June 13,
2004 against the alleged over Rs 1,000 crore PDS scam in the
The scam relates to loss suffered by the public exchequer
because of false and fraudulent hill transport subsidy bills,
which were cleared without financial concurrence. Apang had
been at the helm of affairs at the time.