Assam govt for CID probe into case of missing files

Last Updated: Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 21:25

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi Sunday said the CID probe will be ordered into the case
of the missing diaries allegedly against a senior minister of
his Cabinet.

"We will ask the CID to probe into the case as to how
the diaries went missing from a police station and came into
possession of a particular person," Gogoi told reporters here
on the sidelines of a function.

The chief minister was reacting to allegations
levelled by Akhil Gogoi, leader of a voluntary organisation
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) that he was in possession
of two missing case diaries and relevant documents against
senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a TADA case in 1991.

"The CID probe will also ascertain as to how the case
diaries changed hands and has not been returned to the
city`s Chandmari police station for further action", he said.

Sarma, who was subsequently acquitted by the Guwahati
High Court, reacted to the allegation saying that the
submissions which were said to be charges were recorded under
Section 161 CrPC in the presence of police and were
irrelevant before the court of law.

Akhil Gogoi had threatened to move the Supreme Court,
UPA chairperson, Prime Minister and Union Home Minister with
the case diaries to punish the minister.

Mahanta for CBI probe

Meanwhile, rejecting the decision of Gogoi for a CID probe into the case, his
predecessor and senior AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today
demanded an inquiry by a central authority.

"The state CID is not a competent authority to probe
into a case where there is an alleged involvement of a senior
minister so we demand an inquiry by a central probing agency
preferably the CBI", Mahanta said.

He said there "was prima facie evidence of the
involvement of the minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the 1991
case of murder" and since this was a serious charge the chief
minister should "give it a serious thought".

Stating that his party the opposition Asom Gana Parishad
(AGP) will take a decision about their stance in the Assembly
starting tomorrow on the issue, Mahanta said to clear doubts
from the people`s mind and for an impartial probe the chief
minister should go for a CBI probe.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 21:25

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