Assam minister's name allegedly found in 'objectionable documents'
Raktim Baruah | 22 Jun 2018

It is a news of sensational development regarding an Assam minister, whose name has allegedly been found by IT department in some objectionable documents recovered from a broker's residence in New Delhi.

In a sensational revelation, Assam's BJP minister Himanata Biswa Sarma's name has allegedly been found in some objectionable documents seized by Income Tax documents from an influential political broker's residence in New Delhi. The ABP news channel reported that the IT department during its search operation a month earlier at New Delhi's Defence Colony residence of Anuj Poddar, a notorious broker, seized huge number of objectionable documents in which minister Sarma's name also had been found along with a chief minister of a state and a minister of Punjab. The broker, had, allegedly, also kept some confidential documents of the External Affairs ministry and Defence ministry at his residence apart from documents related to high value 'contact works' of some state governments, the channel reported. Realising the gravity of the matter, the IT department, reportedly, informed the development to the PMO instead of the Finance Ministry as it has done usually. Meanwhile, the PMO has directed the Enforcement Directorate for investigation and submit report within a short period of time.  

      However, minister Sarma denied his relation with the broker when a journalist from the ABP news channel, reportedly, had met him a few days ago. The state Congress committee has demanded a proper inquiry into the matter. Interestingly, some organisations of the state especially the Swaraj Asom, on whose application the Guwahati High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into multi crore Luis Burger bribery case a few months ago, often dragged the name of the minister to a number of scams took place in the state during the previous Congress rule. Interestingly, minister Sarma had occupied influential position in the former chief minister Tarun Gogoi's cabinet too. He defected the party to the BJP before the last state Assembly election. The Luis Burger bribery scam had taken place in 2012 when Sarma was the Guwahati Development Department minister. Apart from that some quarters have dragged him to a thousand crore scam occurred in the state, known as North Cacher Hills Autonomous Council Scam. The huge scam came into light in 2009 when Sarma was also an influential minister of the former Gogoi cabinet.