Cong MLA, biz partner booked for cheating

A Congress MLA and his partner in a construction firm have been booked for allegedly withdrawing government funds to the tune of over Rs 10 crore through fake invoices in Korba district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Sunday.

“The case was registered on Saturday evening evening against Congress MLA from Korba seat, Jaisingh Agrawal and the Director of M/s BB Verma and Company, Naresh Verma in connection with the alleged fake bills scam,” Balco Station House Officer (SHO) Vivek Sharma said, adding that no arrest is made so far.

In 2006, M/s BB Verma and Company, run by Naresh in partnership with the MLA, had won a PWD contract for construction of eight roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) in Korba. However, they allegedly received payments through counterfeit bills of coal tar emulsion transportation, the SHO said. 

The incident came to light when a local RTI activist, Amar Agrawal last month filed a petition in a court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Anish Dubey seeking to register a case against the Congress leader and his company for fraud and forgery.

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