Three people were arrested for allegedly conspiring against the Jharkhand government, however, the Congress MLA said he does not remember their faces so he cannot confirm if they were the same people who had approached him.
A day after three people were arrested for allegedly conspiring against the coalition government in Jharkhand, a Congress MLA, Naman Bixal Kongari on Sunday claimed that a few unknown persons had approached him multiple times and offered Rs 1 crore and a ministerial berth to topple the JMM-Congress-RJD government.
6 MLA Naman Bixal Kongari told The Indian Express that he was approached by three people around half-a-dozen times. “Three people had approached me through my party workers stating that they worked for some companies. Despite me asking them to go away, they used to find a way to come back…. Once, they offered me more than Rs 1 crore in cash. I immediately informed CLP [Congress Legislature Party] leader Alamgir Alam, and Congress Jharkhand in-charge R P N Singh. I also informed Chief Minister Hemant Soren ji about it,” the MLA said.
When RPN Singh was asked about this issue he said, “I can’t discuss these matters with the press.” Chief Minister Soren has also maintained silence over the issue so far.
The Kolebira MLA further said that, “They had approached me stating that apart from the money, I will get a ministerial post and support for all our agendas related to minority and tribal affairs. They also told me they were doing this for the BJP. However, none of the BJP workers approached me.”
The MLA said that he cannot confirm if the three who were arrested were the same people who approached him. He said he does not remember their faces.
On Saturday, two days after the police registered a case at Ranchi’s Kotwali Police Station on a complaint filed by Congress’s Bermo MLA Kumar Jaimangal, the three accused, Amit Singh Abhishek Dubey and Niwaran Prasad Mahato were arrested.
The case has been registered under IPC Sections 419 (party to criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 124A (sedition) and under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.
One of the accused, Niwaran Prasad Mahato’s pictures on Facebook shows him with BJP’s Dhanbad MP Pashupati Nath and some local leaders. When asked if Mahto was associated with BJP, Jharkhand BJP spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo said, “He is not a BJP member to the best of my knowledge.”
So far, the police have not explained the modus operandi in the case, and only released a press release saying that the three accused have said they were ‘involved in a conspiracy against the government and were planning to destabilise it’.