Meghalaya Lokayukta orders probe into alleged corrupt practices by state govt departments

SHILLONG, Jan 9: The Meghalaya Lokayukta has called for a CBI probe into the alleged corruption by various state government departments into import and export of goods to Bangladesh through Khliehriat, East Jaiñtia Hills district.

Meghalaya Lokayukta Chairperson, PK Musahary was acting on a complaint filed by one Abhijit Basumatary.

Basumatary had alleged that collusion between unscrupulous businessmen and officers of the various departments has led to loss of revenue of over Rs 1000 crore.

According to the petitioner the losses were due to modus operandi used in the export of products like coal, betel nuts, boulders and other items.

The departments named by the complainant are the land customs station, police, bureaucracy, transport and DMR authorities as well as the state and central sales tax department.

In his order Mushahary, said that considering high ranking officials of the civil and police administration were involved in the case, he directed Lokayukta the Chief Secretary to transfer officials, who have been named by the petitioner within 10 days to allow for uninterrupted investigation by the CBI.

In his order the Lokayukta said that as per the petitioners allegations certain officials on duty of the departments named in the complaint demand and take bribe for allowing the loaded trucks without proper papers, even without challans, to cross the check gates causing huge loss of revenue.

“The racket has not been stopped and the authorities concerned have taken no action to stop it,” the Lokayukta chairperson said in his order.