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Sonai MLA denies role in scam

- Haque cries conspiracy

Guwahati/Tezpur, Dec. 11: Controversial Congress legislator Enamul Haque Laskar today denied his involvement in the multicrore-rupee scam in the irrigation department.

Haque, the prime accused in the scam, was the officer-on-special-duty (OSD) in the department when central funds of Rs 270 crore were allegedly misappropriated during 2009-2010.

“I am not involved in any scam. Dragging my name into the scam is part of a conspiracy hatched against me by certain quarters. An investigation is on to verify the allegations levelled against me. No one is above the law. I am ready to face action if proven guilty,” Haque told reporters here after attending the ongoing winter session of the Assam Assembly.

Haque even asked the media to conduct an investigation by seeking facts and figures about the funds that the irrigation department received in the recent years and its utilisation under the Right to Information Act, to reach at a conclusion whether he was involved in any kind or corruption.

The claim of innocence by Haque, who represents Sonai constituency in Cachar district, came after the Opposition were up in arms against the MLA and demanded a CBI inquiry after his name was found in the suicide note of an irrigation department’s employee.

Mothur Chandra Nath, the head accountant who committed suicide at his residence in Tezpur last month, blamed Haque for allegedly driving him to end his life.

Nath had alleged that before the last Assembly polls in 2011, he was forced by Haque to collect huge amounts of cash from contractors working for the irrigation department to fund his election expenses.

The deceased has said the contractors were demanding their money back but Haque was not responding to these demands.

“I did not know Nath and he might be victim of a conspiracy hatched by a section of contractors and brokers in the irrigation department,” Haque said.

In Tezpur, Prasanta Kumar Nath, elder son of Mothur Chandra, said his father had met Haque several times.

“My father who worked in the irrigation department for 33 years had to meet Haque since he was on an OSD in the department. I am shocked how Haque could say he did not know my father,” Prasanta said.

Sonitpur police today produced Pratul Bhagwati, Trailukya Mohan Kalita and Rituparna Bora, who were arrested yesterday on charges of their involvement in Nath’s suicide case, before the CJM court in Tezpur. They were remanded in five days’ police custody.