Arunachal hydro project scam: Kiren Rijiju denies accusations, says Congress must apologise

The Congress earlier charged Rijiju of alleged involvement in a corruption scandal of more than Rs 450 crore

Arunachal hydro project scam: Kiren Rijiju denies accusations, says Congress must apologise

Denying his alleged involvement in a power project in Arunachal Pradesh, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday slammed Congress for making false accusations saying the Congress should apologize to him and the nation.

“Now Congress must apologise to the Nation. All Contract works & payments were made during Congress regime. I just forwarded a memorandum,” he said.






The Congress earlier charged Rijiju of alleged involvement in a corruption scandal of more than Rs 450 crore in connection with a 600-MW hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh and released the audio proof where Rijiju’s cousin is offering to help a policeman as bribe in return for clearances.

The incident was first reported by Indian Express, where it named the minister, his cousin and several officials.

“Kiren Rijiju’s role in this issue is under suspicion. So he should be sacked or asked to resign till a probe is complete,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

However, Rijiju today criticised the newspaper for "planting" story about his alleged involvement in a power project.

"It is a planted story. And if they shall come to Arunachal Pradesh they would be thrashed with shoes," the junior Home Minister was quoted in news reports as saying.



According to the news report, Chief Vigilance Officer Satish Verma alleged the contractor Patel Engineering Limited of trying to make money by submitting fake transportation bills and documents worth  “hundreds of crores of rupees”.

Verma has mentioned several people including Rjiju, in a report sent to CVC, Central Bureau of Investigation and the Ministry of Power in July 2015.  Following the report’s filing the reimbursement was stopped, but Minister Rijiju allegdly wrote letters to clear payments for the contractors in the construction of two dams for the 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project in Arunachal Pradesh, the report said.