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Former Tripura PWD minister Badal Choudhury was questioned for over six hours on Monday
Former Tripura PWD minister Badal Choudhury was questioned for over six hours on Monday|File image
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Tripura: Ex-PWD minister Badal Choudhury quizzed over flyover scam

The former minister & sitting MLA, however, denies being interrogated; says the police only asked him a few questions

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: Merely a week after Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb warned the opposition leaders over scams which took place during the former government’s 25-year-long regime, the crime branch on Monday interrogated former PWD minister and sitting MLA Badal Choudhury for hours over an alleged flyover scam.

Coming out from the CID office in Agartala after over six hours, Choudhury, however, said that he was not interrogated; rather, he was asked a few questions by a team of police officers.

“I was asked a few questions by the IG of crime branch in the presence of SP Manik Das and other officers over the flyover building process. Two reports of the CSIR have been handed over to them and I have asked them to go through the reports of the chief engineers’ committee report,” Choudhury said.

“We have worked hard for the development of the state’s infrastructure with cooperation from the PWD officers. The entire infrastructure built during our rule, be it the secretariat building, Assembly, High Court of Tripura, Pragna Bhawan or the Netaji Subhash Regional Coaching Centre building, everything has been built maintaining standard and quality,” Choudhury said.

The engineers who have worked hard for the development of the state are now being questioned after the new government took charge, Choudhury alleged. “Sunil Bhowmik served as the chief engineer and retired eight years ago. Now, he is being interrogated. Somish Das, chief engineer for road and bridges, was also summoned for the same,” he said.

“Nagarjana Construction Company (NCC), a reputed agency, has done many projects for the state including NIT Agartala and the GBP hospital super-specialty building. It is also being questioned. The entire project was done with consultation of Jadavpur University, Hindu and NIT Agartala with a laboratory here on standby,” Choudhury explained.

“The CSIR-CRR report also declared that the project is fit to be open but the present government delayed the opening of the project. The financial audit was also done in three months' time but even after that the government has not opened it,” the former minister added.

Meanwhile, talking on the alleged irregularities, Choudhury said, "If the government has any doubts, let them conduct an inquiry and find the loopholes.”

The construction of the 2.3-km-long flyover from Arundhatinagar to Fire brigade Chowmuhani was started in 2015 with a budget of over Rs 300 crore and it is now on the final stage to be opened.