Fri, 06 Apr 2012 02:56:27 GMT

Slap criminal cases after CAG expose: Ajit Jogi



Raipur, April 5 (IANS) Senior Chhattisgarh Congress leader Ajit Jogi Thursday called for criminal cases be registered against those in the state government who had caused massive revenue losses by their decisions.

Jogi, a former Chhattisgarh chief minister, made the demand on a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) that pointed to several lapses that had led to huge revenue losses to the state.

The CAG had in its report Tuesday for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, said that the state-owned Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC) accepted lower rates for commercial mining of coal blocks in the state, which had led to a revenue loss of over Rs.1,000 crore. The report has also made adverse comments against several other state-owned corporations such as Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC).

"Whatever the CAG has said in its report can't be brushed aside. The state's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government must come clean on the issue and cases be registered against those who took decisions that caused the state the massive revenue loss," Jogi told reporters.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader in the state and chairman of the CMDC, Gaurishankar Agrawal, offered explanations to media persons Thursday amid growing protests by the Congress and termed the "CAG's findings about the CMDC unreal."

©Indo-Asian News Service

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