Chhattisgarh chief minister denies corruption charges

June 13th, 2008 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, June 13 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, the state’s public works minister and two other officials have denied the corruption charges levelled against them by the opposition Congress. Official sources said that Raman Singh, Public Works Minister Rajesh Munat, chief secretary Shivraj Singh and additional chief secretary P. Joy Oommen Thursday denied the charges in response to the notices sent by the Chhattisgarh Lok Aayog June 2.

The body had sent the notices to the chief minister, Munat, Shivraj Singh, Oommen and six other officials in response to a written complaint by the Congress May 9 before Lokayukta (ombudsman) K.M. Agrawal. The Congress had alleged corruption in three cases, including the awarding of a road construction contract to a private infrastructure company without inviting tenders.

The Lok Ayog had set a deadline of 10 days for the officials to reply to the notices. Six of them were not able to reply by the stipulated date since they are on tour abroad.

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