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Arunachal minister lands in controversy

Last Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 22:18

Itanagar: A senior Arunachal Pradesh
minister has landed in controversy after his children
allegedly submitted fake certificates for government jobs
while three of his aides were arrested for plotting to murder
an RTI activist who brought the matter to light.

Health Minister Atum Welly`s son Akung and daughter
Anung allegedly produced fake documents to secure the posts of
Inspector (Tax and Excise) and Social and Cultural Organiser
respectively in the state government.

When Payi Gyadi of the NGO Sango Lamte Foundation
filed an RTI with the Gauhati University, the varsity said
that the minister`s children did not pass out from the
colleges from where they allegedly obtained their degrees.

On June 6, police arrested three supporters of Welly
for planting a bomb in Gyadi`s car. Police said the trio
claimed they did it on Welly`s instructions.

In an interesting turn of events, Itanagar SP Chuku
Apa, who probed the attack case, was shifted to Delhi.

Apa, however, denied that his transfer has anything to
do with the bomb planting case.

"This is a routine transfer," he said. He refused
to elaborate on the fake certificate issue saying the matter
was sub-judice and was before the Gauhati High Court.

Sources said Gyadi wants CBI to probe the matter and
also sought the intervention of Congress president Sonia
Gandhi alleging the state government is sitting silent.

Gyadi`s wife has also sought police protection for her

The Chief Minister`s Office said no inquiry has been
initiated in the case.


First Published: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 22:18
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