Also complains illegality and irregularities in functioning of Gangtok Smart City Development Limited to Ministry of Urban and Housing Affairs
Gangtok, Nov 19:
Don’t know whether Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe will be there or not in Sikkim to check corruption but Sikkimey Nagarik Samaj (SNS) has apprised CBI about massive corruption happening in Sikkim and sought CBI probe. SNS team led by Chief Patron, Tseten Tashi Bhutia and President Bharat Basnett met the CBI Director on 17th of November 2021 and sought for immediate action.
The team have submitted different FIR to CBI about the corrupt practices in State Government involving politicians, bureaucrats, contractors and companies. All the relevant documents of corruption are submitted to CBI Director for immediate action read the official press release issued by Passang Sherpa, General Secretary of Sikkimey Nagarik Samaj today.
Similarly, in a separate meeting with the officials of the Ministry of Urban and Housing Affairs, SNS apprised them with the illegality and irregularities in functioning of Gangtok Smart City Development Limited. A complaint letter on this regard is submitted to the Ministry. Taking cognizance of the irregularities by Gangtok Smart City Development Limited, Ministry has immediately initiated action and will be submitting its report to Sikkimey Nagarik Samaj within 30 days informed by a press communique.
This is not the first time CBI has become an issue, in the past when SKM party was the main opposition party had demanded CBI numerous times and its manifesto also CBI probe in Sikkim and then SDF government was one of the main points of manifesto to check corruption.
Few months back General Secretary and Spokesperson of Hamro Sikkim party Biraj Adhikari also lambasted and said tackling corruption with CBI was one of major electoral promises made by the SKM. It has been two and half years now and there is not even a word of CBI coming from the SKM government. They should issue a white paper on CBI and give it to the public. The government has already completed its half-time and questioned where is CBI?
SKM in the past had said that SDF has barred CBI in Sikkim to cover their corruptions a notification issued by the erstwhile Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government in 2010 had mandated the Central probe agency to seek its prior consent, before taking up an investigation against any of its officers or public representatives. Must tell SDF Chief Pawan Chamling had also challenged SKM led government openly to bring CBI in Sikkim and he doesn’t fear CBI if they can.
The SKM had moved a writ petition in the High Court for quashing the notification, but it was dismissed.
In 1976, Sikkim had conveyed to the Centre its consent about the extension of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act 1946 to the northeastern State. The consent was, however, withdrawn during the second term of the then Chief Minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari.
Section 6 of the DSPE Act prohibits the agency from investigating cases outside Delhi (and Union Territories) without permission from the respective State governments.
However, the Supreme Court and High Courts can direct the CBI to probe any case in any State.