NEW DELHI, June 23 - The CBI has summoned Congress leader and former Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh for questioning in the case of Rs 332-crore alleged misappropriation of development funds between 2009 and 2017, when he was the chairman of the Manipur Development Society, officials said.
A CBI team from the agency headquarters here has reached Imphal to question Singh and the other accused, they said. While Singh has been asked to appear on Wednesday, other accused will be called in the coming days, they said.
The CBI�s action comes amid political uncertainty in Manipur as the BJP-led coalition Government under Chief Minister N Biren Singh plunged into trouble last Wednesday after nine MLAs, including four ministers from the NPP, resigned. Besides the NPP ministers, the rest five who tendered their resignations included three rebel BJP MLAs, the lone All Indian Trinamool Congress legislator and an Independent.
The newly-formed Congress-led Secular Progressive Front (SPF) has claimed that the Government has lost majority in the House and demanded a trust vote.
The BJP, which had 21 MLAs, had joined hands with the NPP, Naga People�s Front, an independent and a member each from the LJP and the Trinamool Congress to form the Government.
When asked about the timing of the questioning, the agency officials said it was part of an ongoing investigation in which some persons have already been examined. The CBI had taken over the case on November 20 last year on the request of the the State�s BJP Government. � PTI