Guwahati: The Assam government has decided
to reopen the multi-crore Letter of Credit (LOC) scandal case
that rocked the state during the erstwhile Asom Gana Parishad
(AGP) rule under Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.
"The government has decided to reopen the case and will
approach the CBI to restart its investigation," Assam
Government Spokesman and senior minister Pradyut Bordoloi told
reporters here today.
He said a formal decision in this regard would be taken
at the next cabinet meeting.
The LOC scandal rocked the state during Mahanta`s regime
in 1996 but the CBI probe into the matter was closed after the
then Governor refused permission to prosecute the chief
Bordoloi said although the CBI which was probing the
scandal wanted to interrogate Mahanta but could not as the
chief minister managed to escape prosecution.
"But now we shall reopen the case and see that the agency
(CBI) prosecutes Mahanta as he is no longer the chief
minister," he said.