IMPHAL, Sept 9 - The alleged scam of Rs 186.79 crore in the Manipur Development Society (MDS) will be handed over to CBI once the preliminary investigation by the police was over, Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said.
The alleged scam allegedly involve former Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and five top bureaucrats. Ibobi Singh had served the State as Chief Minister between 2002 and March 2017 before N Biren Singh-led coalition came to power.
Biren Singh, in a function yesterday, said that cases against those found innocent would be ultimately withdrawn.
Meanwhile, Manipur Police, led by SDPO A Ghanashyam Sharma, continued their search at the residence of former MDS Project Director Y Ningthem for the third consecutive day today. They have seized a number of files during the last three days.
Earlier, the acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court N Kotishwar Singh passed an interim order on a plea of an anticipatory bail by Ibobi Singh. The Court has fixed September 20 for the next hearing of the anticipatory bail.
The multi-crore rupees scam surfaced after an FIR was lodged on September 1 against the former Manipur CM. The FIR accused Ibobi Singh, three former Chief Secretaries and two former Chairmen of MDS of cheating, criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and misconduct by a public servant.
The FIR was lodged at Imphal PS on September 1 by Joint Secretary Planning, Th Munindro. The charges were denied by Ibobi Singh and others. Congress MLA N Loken Singh had termed the registration of the FIR against the former CM and other five bureaucrats as �political vendetta�. � PTI