New Delhi, December 14: Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday aggressively attacked Congress Party after being alleged over the power projects scam in Arunachal Pradesh. Rijiju firstly denied all the allegations of wrongdoing and said, “Congress has made a grave mistake by targeting me. They will repent for the lifetime and pay a heavy price for targeting an innocent soul.”
Rijiju further denied all the allegations strongly and said that the allegations made against him are unsubstantiated, completely false, baseless and are totally denied. He further said, “Congress dared to challenge me! They can't run away now. I'm spotless so I'm fearless. Entire works were executed & paid during Cong regime.”
Earlier on Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had alleged that Rijiju had written a letter recommending that held up payments of contractors in the 600 MW Kameng hydro-electric project in Arunachal Pradesh be released. To which Kiren Rijiju released all the documents which clearly stated that in the he is not involved in any of the power projects scams. Kiren Rijiju also denied that Goboi Rijiju is his cousin brother.
He further released statement that he wrote a letter to Goyal as it was his duty as an MP to take action on representations given by his constituents. I have written the letter to the Power Minister after I received presentations from some people in my constituency in Arunachal West regarding pending bills. I have done no wrong and there is no corruption,” Rijiju said.
The reports claimed that Rijiju, his cousin, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, Goboi Rijiju, and several top officials of the state-run NEEPCO, including its Chairman and Managing Director, have been named in a 129-page report by the PSU’s Chief Vigilance Officer Satish Verma that alleges corruption in construction of two dams for 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project, one of the biggest hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh. NEEPC comes under the Union Power Ministry.
Verma’s report was sent to the CBI, CVC and the Ministry of Power in July this year. It alleges an “elaborate conspiracy” involving contractors, NEEPCO officials and the West Kameng district administration to defraud NEEPCO and the government of funds that “may extend up to Rs 450 crore”. West Kameng, the site of the project, falls in Arunachal West which is the parliamentary constituency of Rijiju. The CBI has made two “surprise checks” but no FIR has been registered yet, reports said.
Chief Vigilance Officer Satish Verma, a Gujarat IPS officer, was pulled up by NEEPCO for “unauthorised absence,” and transferred to the CRPF in Tripura soon after his report. Verma was also part of the three-member SIT set up to probe the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan in Gujarat in 2004 when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister.