Siliguri, Aug. 8: Shankar Malakar, the Congress MLA of Matigara-Naxalbari, was interrogated for over three hours today by senior officials of the Siliguri metropolitan police in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority.
In May, Sharad Dwivedi, the CEO of SJDA, had filed a complaint with the police, alleging misappropriation of funds up to Rs 50 crore.
It was alleged in the complaint that payments to private firms were made by violating government norms for construction of electric crematoriums and sewerage treatment plants. Later, in an another complaint, it was found that another Rs 10 crore was misused while installing CCTV cameras in Siliguri.
Malakar, who is a member of the SJDA board, is the fourth member to face questions from K. Jayaraman, the commissioner of Siliguri metropolitan police, detective department, and Selima Lama, the assistant commissioner of police, also from the detective department.
On August 5 and 6, Siliguri MLA and former SJDA chairman Rudranath Bhattacharya and board members Chandan Bhowmik and Ranjan Silsharma were interrogated by the detective department officials in connection with the scam. G. Kirankumar, the former CEO of SJDA who is now the district magistrate of Malda, was also questioned. Till now, 10 persons, including three SJDA engineers, have been arrested in connection to the scam.
“As the investigation of the scam is in progress, they had called me. I have provided all possible information to them. Being a board member of SJDA, I want an unbiased investigation so that truth can be unveiled,” said Malakar, who is also the Darjeeling district Congress president.