Shillong, June 7: The inquiry report into the seizure of one lakh bags of rice by the Assam police, has viewed the allegations of rice scam as baseless.
Social Welfare Minister Paul Lyngdoh told reporters on Wednesday that according to the report, all allegations of rice scam are baseless.
“As per this report all allegations of rice scam are baseless and there is no iota of truth in any of the allegations. That is also the view that has also been put up before the Advocate General (AG) of the state and the AG was very clear, was very lucid, was very pointed in his observation that the allegations have no legs to stand upon and therefore, the case cannot regarded as a scam”, Paul said.
He said having obtained the views of the law department and the AG and having observed the view that the actual incident and the case were delayed because of lack of coordination with the Assam police where the scam was supposed to have taken place, I had observed accordingly that in future there should be a definite timeline for inquiries so that parties who are alleged to have committed such scams and the department are not dragged into needless controversies,” the minister said.
To a question as to how the bags of rice ended up in an Assam godown, Paul said, “From the file noting, it was just a matter of the location which was not properly recorded and therefore, the case was handed over to the Assam police and on further inquiry and based on the inquiry report, the file then went through the law department and the advocate general and they were very clear that no such scams had taken place.”