Apang has chest pain, hospitalised; doctors advise rest



Itanagar: Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Gegong Apang, arrested for his alleged involvement in a multi-crore PDS scam, complained of chest pain and was admitted to a hospital here last night.

"Apang is suffering from high hypertension besides acute chest pain and headache," said Dr Talar Motu, a medicine specialist at the Rama Krishna Mission Hospital attending on the Congress leader.

Apang underwent a CT scan and MRI this morning and as he is a diabetic, he has been advised to stay in the hospital for a few days, Motu said.

Several cabinet ministers including Home Minister Tako Dabi and Health Minister Tanga Byaling visited Apang in hospital last night.

Apang was arrested yesterday by the Special Investigation Cell constituted by the Arunachal Pradesh government and remanded in seven days police custody. He was charged under several sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

Several false and fraudulent hill transport subsidy bills were allegedly cleared without financial concurrence when Apang was at the helm of affairs, resulting in heavy loss to the state exchequer.

But Apang has dubbed his arrest as a political conspiracy and demanded an impartial inquiry into the scam by a competent and neutral agency like the CBI to unearth the truth and punish the guilty.

"I appealed to the high court to review its decision and to hand over the case to the CBI in the interest of the people besides delivering proper justice," he told PTI.

"As a law-abiding citizen when I appeared before the SIC yesterday to respond to the questionnaires made available to me on August 20, to my utter surprise and shock, I was arrested by the investigating agency without giving me any opportunity to explain my side of the case," he said.

"It is nothing but a pre-planned strategy on the part of SIC which is hell-bent to tarnish my image and reputation. The conduct of the SIC is biased and smacks of political vendetta," Apang claimed.

-PTI