Chhattisgarh chief minister told to respond to graft charge

June 3rd, 2008 - 1:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, June 3 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, state public works department minister and eight officials have been told to respond to a graft charge by an anti-corruption body. Chhattisgarh Lok Aayog has sent notices to Raman Singh, Minister of State for Public Works Department (PWD) (independent charge) Rajesh Munat and eight officers, including chief secretary Shivraj Singh, additional chief secretary P. Joy Oommen, PWD secretary M.K. Raut and five others in corruption complaints by the opposition Congress.

The notices sent by the body Monday were in response to a written complaint by the Congress May 9 before Lokayukta (ombudsman) K.M. Agrawal regarding alleged corruption in three cases, including the award of a road construction contract to a private infrastructure company without inviting tenders.

The ministers and officials have 10 days to reply to the notices.

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