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No immunity for anyone found guilty of graft: Assam CM Sonowal

He says even if chief minister indulges in corruption, he will not be able to escape action as officials have been given a free hand to investigate corruption cases.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2017 16:23 IST
Utpal Parashar
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal says officials have been given a free hand to  investigate and take action against anyone involved in corruption or hoarding black money.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal says officials have been given a free hand to investigate and take action against anyone involved in corruption or hoarding black money. (PTI File Photo )

Amid allegations that investigation into high-profile corruption cases has slackened, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal reiterated his government’s resolve to fight graft on Monday.

Addressing mediapersons in Guwahati, Sonowal stressed that officials have been given a free hand to investigate and take action against anyone involved in corruption or hoarding black money.

“No one will be spared. You can be assured of that. Forget others, if the CM indulges in corruption, even he won’t be able to escape action,” Sonowal said.

Since coming to power in May last year, the BJP-led coalition has taken action on several corruption cases and arrested many government officials found taking bribes or indulging in dishonest means.

But in recent weeks allegations have surfaced in media and from civil society groups that investigations into several such cases have slowed down or high profile bureaucrats accused of corruption are being spared.

The cases include the cash-for-jobs scam in Assam Public Service Commission and also the alleged misappropriation of nearly Rs 30-crore by senior information directorate officials during the previous Congress regime.

The chief minister asked people to be patient and have faith in the investigating agencies probing cases of corruption.

“No one can stop or influence investigations as I myself am looking into these cases. Things have changed and it’s not like what it used to be in the previous (regime),” Sonowal, who heads Assam’s first BJP-led government, said.

Accusing the previous Congress government of failing to take effective steps to root out corruption, he reiterated BJP’s stand on good governance and assured continued campaign against dishonest officials.

“Our aim is to provide good governance from the CM’s office to the ‘panchayat’ level and ensure benefits of government schemes reach all citizens,” Sonowal said.

Coinciding with first anniversary of demonetisation, the Assam government would also mark November 8 as Anti-Black Money Day with programmes across the state, he informed.