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Cong puts CBI on Paswan, son does a somersault now

The ‘long hand’ of the ruling establishment – the CBI – has once again got into the act of twisting tails of Congress allies wanting to jump the boat. The investigating agency may question former union steel minister Ram Vilas Paswan in connection with alleged illegalities in the Bokaro steel plant recruitment process in which relatives of some high-profile personalities are under the scanner of the agency.

The move comes after the news of Paswan negotiating a deal with principal opposition the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became public. Paswan has come under cloud following recovery of some documents which, agency sources claimed, indicate that his staff may have been actively involved in extending favours to some candidates.

The move seems to have had salutary effect with Paswan’s son Chirag claiming that his party was not averse to negotiating a deal for sharing seats with Congress-RJD alliance in Bihar. The somersault from younger Paswan comes a day after he claimed he saw no evil in BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi after he has been given clean chit by the court.

Paswan was union minister for chemicals, fertilizers and steel during the UPA government between May 2004 and May 2009 and these allegedly fraudulent appointments were made during his tenure.
The agency has named junior managers SM Razi, Rajkumar Jatia and Yogesh Chandra Patnaik. They are relatives of a former governor, a former central minister, who is now a Rajya Sabha candidate, and a former high court judge respectively as accused in the FIRs.
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