Arrest warrant against Bharali, summons for May 3

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By PANKAJ SARMA
  • Published 1.05.12
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Guwahati, April 30: The special court, Assam, has issued an arrest warrant against Sanghamitra Bharali, a state government employee whose alleged relationship with former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta is believed to have had contributed to his fall from grace in the party.

The development comes at a time when Mahanta has just been elected party president once again.

Official sources today said the court of special judge, Assam, Mazed Ali, recently issued a bailable warrant of Rs 10,000 against Bharali and directed her to appear before it on May 3 in connection with a case (number 8/2001) registered against her by the vigilance and anti-corruption branch of Assam police in 2001 for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to her known source of income.

A source said the warrant was issued after she failed to appear in court on two occasions, citing medical reasons. She is reportedly undergoing treatment in Mumbai.

Bharali was the assistant language officer of Assam Assembly when she hogged newspaper headlines with the claim that Mahanta had married her in a secret ceremony at a temple in Mumbai on March 11, 2001. Although Mahanta vehemently denied the claim, Bharali’s “confession” triggered a massive personal and political crisis for him.

Bharali allegedly owns posh residential apartments in Mumbai and Guwahati besides a few business establishments. A raid at her flat in Mumbai had led to seizure of gold and documents of flats in her name. She also owned two cars. During the course of investigation, four of her bank accounts had been frozen.

Though the case was registered in 2001, a chargesheet was filed in the special court on February 1 this year.

In a separate development, the special judge today granted bail to former chairman of Assam Public Service Commission Tara Prasad Das and three others, Pabitra Kaiborta, Bolindra Hazarika and Lalit Chandra Sarma, in a case registered against them by the vigilance and anti-corruption branch. Das, in collusion with other members and officials of the APSC, had allegedly committed irregularities in the selection of candidates by the commission for appointment in state government departments between 1991 and 2000.

A divisional officer of soil conservation department, Tarun Chandra Borah, was also granted bail on a bond of Rs 30,000 in a corruption case registered against him by the vigilance and anti-corruption branch at the special court.