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CM ?no? to CBI probe into pension scam

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has denied giving permission to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the Rs 100-crore social security pension scam that rocked the State last year.

india Updated: Sep 07, 2006 22:56 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has denied giving permission to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the Rs 100-crore social security pension scam that rocked the State last year.

“No,” was the brief but categorical reply of Chief Minister when he was asked this question on his arrival at the Indore airport today, though sources at Vallabh Bhavan said he has granted permission to CBI. The State Government is under pressure from the Centre to act on the matter, as it contributes 50 per cent of the pension sum given quarterly to the beneficiaries.

Another query with which the Chief Minister appeared uncomfortable was regarding investigations being conducted into the death of Professor H S Sabharwal in Ujjain. “I don’t need to produce a certificate (before anyone) that I empathise with the family,” he retorted on being prodded about his stand and attitude towards the issue and family of deceased.

Barring these two replies, Chouhan spoke at length about the government’s move to check terrorist activities and Naxalism in the State.

Chouhan, who attended two local functions, said that an ordinance would be brought soon to make the anti-terrorist law more effective. The general laws leave scope for loopholes, he added.

He said Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had indicated at the Chief Ministers’ meeting held in New Delhi on Tuesday the internal security threats facing the country. Madhya Pradesh, he said, would introduce legal provisions accordingly.

Naxalism, he said, is a thought and it needs to be dealt at three levels. One is to counter it with similarly strong but positive thought, the other is by using force to suppress it and third is giving it a human face by launching development works in tribal areas.

“But Forest Protection Act 1980 debars construction of roads and dams in forest areas that are home to tribals. So those areas remain neglected,” he remarked. At the same time, it is important to keep tabs on inflow of foreign funds to Naxal organisations, he said.

To a query on the Centre’s reluctance to release compensation for flood victims, Singh informed that the sum of Rs 99 crore that has been released is State Government’s money. He said 143 lives were lost due to rains this year. He denied that compensation allotted last year was not utilised properly.

Responding to a query on transfer of two officials in connection with Indore Master Plan draft, he said transfer was a routine process, and added that the officials would look into objections.