Supreme Court Calls for CAG Probe into Decade-old Corruption Claims against Arunachal Pradesh Government

A decade-long shadow of suspicion looms over the Arunachal Pradesh government as the Supreme Court delves into corruption allegations dating back to the 2007-2011 term. In a recent development, the apex court has mandated the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to scrutinize complaints regarding tender irregularities raised by a public interest litigation.

Unfolding against the backdrop of murky tenders, the court’s directive stems from a Special Leave Petition filed by a petitioner-NGO in 2010. This petition challenged a decision by the Gauhati High Court, thrusting into the spotlight the administration’s purported decision to award contracts sans proper tendering processes.

At the crux of the matter lies the alleged favoritism towards close associates of then-Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, with contracts allegedly bypassing the competitive bidding norms. The petitioner, represented by Advocates Prashant Bhushan and Neha Rathi, underscored the glaring absence of due process and transparency in the awarding of contracts, particularly to the Chief Minister’s kin.

The courtroom drama unfolds against a somber backdrop, with the passing of Dorjee Khandu and the subsequent contention regarding the abatement of the case against him. Yet, the wheels of justice continue to turn, propelled by the pursuit of accountability.

In a bid to unravel the tangled web of allegations, the court had previously sought insights from the CAG on the propriety of awarding government contracts to individuals closely affiliated with the executive head of the state. Now, with the CAG tasked to delve into the depths of these claims, the saga of Arunachal Pradesh’s governance takes another twist.

As the saga unfolds, the nation awaits the outcome of the CAG’s inquiry, poised on the precipice of revelations that could reshape the contours of accountability in governance.

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