Former ABOCWWB Chairman Gautam Baruah sent to CM's SVC Custody
GUWAHATI: A special court on February 26 sent Gautam Baruah, the former Assam Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, Guwahati (ABOCWWB) chairman to 6-day custody of CM's Special Vigilance Cell.
Earlier, Gautam Baruah has been arrested on charges of forgery and large scale misappropriation of board funds worth 121 Crores from a rented accommodation in New Delhi on February 24.
On the basis of an enquiry conducted in CMs Special Vigilance Cell in 2017, a case was registered vide Vigilance PS case no. 09/2017 u/s 120(B)/406/409/468/471/420 IPC R/W Sec 13(2) of P.C Act of 1988 under the Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell, Assam.
It is to be mentioned that during investigation it has been established that there was a criminal conspiracy by Chohan Doley, IAS, the then Member Secretary of ABOCWWB, Gautam Baruah, the then Chairman ABOCWWB, Nagendra Nath Choudhury, the then Administrative officer, ABOCWWB and Priyangshu Boiragi, Proprietor of M/S. Purbashree Printing House.
Further, the criminal conspiracy resulted in misappropriation of the funds of more than 121 Crores, from the fund accumulated through the collection of cess of the ABOCWWB in the Bank account.
The accused Chohan Doley, Nagendra Nath Choudhury, and Priyangshu Boiragi, were arrested in the year 2017 and a chargesheet was filed for their involvement in the crime in the year 2018. However, the Chairman of the ABOCWWB, Gautam Baruah had absconded and evaded arrest, since the registration of the case in the year 2017.