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Chargesheet against ex-minister

New Delhi, July 4: The CBI has chargesheeted former Union minister of state for urban development P.K. Thungon and four others for their alleged involvement in a Nagaland irrigation scam.

Thungon, N.K. Jain, a former chief manager of Vijaya Bank, New Delhi, Tali Ao, C. Sangit Ao and Mahesh Maheshwari have been booked under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The case will be heard on July 7.

The CBI stumbled on to the scam when they found a partly used cheque-book during a raid on Thungon’s Delhi house, in the process of investigating the housing scam in which former Union minister Sheila Kaul was chargesheeted.

Investigations revealed the cheque-book was issued on an account in Vijaya Bank’s Ansari Road branch which Thungon allegedly opened in the fake name and address of Prem Kumar in March 1994.

Through a Rs 8-lakh transfer from another account in the name of Thanu Thungon — allegedly Mahesh Maheshwari, director of Delhi-based SNH India Traders, makers of coal tar –- in the same bank, the CBI traced the money to Nagaland’s irrigation department. It was allegedly part of the Rs 2 crore the Planning Commission had sanctioned for renovation of the state’s minor irrigation projects.

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