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CID issues summons to DTO and show-cause notices to 6 officials

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  6 March 2018 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 5: For the ruling coalition at Dispur putting an end to corruption is an uphill task. Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal has been cracking down on corrupt officials right from the word go. What is challenging for him is that the administrative setup he is heading in the State is in no dearth of corrupt officials. Can he knock them down?

Examples? There are many. The Chief Minister might have hauled the corrupt officials over the coals, but the latter are far from being disciplined ones. Take the case of summonses issued to six officials of the State Transport Department by the CID. Two overloaded coal-laden trucks could cross the Transport Department’s check-gate near Koidhora at Khapara in the city in the wee hours on Saturday. How come the two overloaded trucks could cross the check-gate without paying fines is something that makes everybody stitches his/her brows. However, some CID sleuths on duty at that time seized the two overloaded trucks from Bashishtha. Doing justice to the duty there were assigned to, the CID issued summonses to the six transport officials on duty at Khapara on that day. They were asked to appear before the CID at 10 am on Monday. However, none of the six officials appeared before the investigating agency. At 4.45 pm on Monday while three of the six let the CID know that they had failed to appear before it owing to illness, the other three showed their persol problems as the reason for not appearing before it.

The situation seems to be grim as the ‘failure’ on the part of the six officials before the CID at the specific time, some feel, is tantamount to defying the summonses issued against them by the CID. The CID seems to be not ready let the six transport officials off its hook. It issued show-causes notices against the six officials and a summons to the Kamrup(M) DTO asking him to appear before the CID on Wednesday.

In the aftermath of allegations of coal syndicates being run in the State, the CID, its own, filed a case (6/2018) to inquire into the allegation. The investigating agency has taken this case also under its inquiry. The CID has already formed a ten-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Nirmal Baishya to inquire into the allegations.

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