The scam came to light in 2015 after the Chhattisgarh anti-corruption bureau raided several places in the state and seized up to Rs 3.61 crore in cash and crucial documents, including pen drives.
The scam involves the purchase, distribution of food grains through the Public Distribution Scheme (Representational)
By Sumi Rajappan: Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer Anil Tuteja, who has been named in Chhattisgarh’s PDS scam, in a letter to the former Chief Minister and BJP’s vice president, Raman Singh, said that he is being forced to face a trial based on the “baseless and imaginary” allegations.
“Your government rejected the main allegations of non-standard rice collection and loss of Rs 5 crore during my tenure and gave me a clean chit. Ironically, on the basis of the allegations told by your government to be baseless and imaginary, I am compelled to face trial,” the letter reads.
“In the media, you constantly call me the accused of the Nagarik Apoorti Nigam (NAN) scam and accuse me of scams which are imaginary and only politically motivated. Even today I am facing a trial of such charges in which there was no allegation,” he wrote.
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“I was a joint secretary in 2015 during your tenure and even today, unfortunately, I am working in the same post. Four officers junior to me have also been promoted to the post of secretary,” he said.
“I urge you to take the trouble of not taking action against the present government, protecting me and stop making baseless allegations like posting at important positions. I have already been a victim of a lot of harassment and injustice,” he concluded.
CHHATTISGARH PDS SCAM
The PDS scam came to light in 2015 after the Chhattisgarh anti-corruption bureau raided several places in the state and seized up to Rs 3.61 crore in cash and crucial documents, including pen drives. The investigation uncovered a scam of over Rs 30,000 crore in the purchase and distribution of food grains through the Public Distribution Scheme (PDS).
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The FIR in the case alleged massive corruption in the procurement and transportation of rice and other food grains, involving officials and others related to the state Civil Supplies Corporation, Raipur.
The Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the case, alleged that the accused officers “time and again” evaded the proceedings established by law and have successfully thwarted any impartial probe and trial with their political clout.
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