'Tainted' leader re-inducted in Tripura cabinet

Agartala: Amid the boycott of the opposition members in assembly, former minister for Food and Civil Supply Sahid Chowdhury, who was dropped from the Left Front ministry in Tripura following allegations of links with a Bangladeshi arms dealer, was on Sunday re-inducted in the cabinet.

Governor DY Patil administered the oath of office and secrecy to Chowdhury at a simple ceremony at Raj bhavan here.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and all his cabinet colleagues were present at the oath taking ceremony.

The leader of opposition, Ratan Lal Nath yesterday met the Governor and advised him not to administer the oath of office to Chowdhury alleging he had links with Bangladeshi arms dealer and HUJI activist Mamun Mia.

Chowdhury, who also held the office of Food and Civil Supply and Minority Affairs, had resigned in April 2008 from the cabinet in the wake of media report that he had alleged links with Bangladeshi arms dealer Mia.

Mia was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the Chief Judicial Magistrate court here for forging documents to secure Indian citizenship.

The report of alleged link between the 54-year-old Chowdhury and Mia had rocked the state politics since 2008.

However, Chowdhuri's link with the Bangladeshi arms dealer is yet to be proved.

He was elected to the assembly three times from Boxanagar in West Tripura and was inducted as minister in March 2008.

We demanded to the chief minister that a CBI inquiry be recommended for proper investigation, but the CM ordered a CID inquiry which was nothing but an eye wash to cover up the truth", he told reporters.