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Flash Back August 1996

CBI Unearths Thungon’s properties, Bank accounts exceeding Rs. 1.40 cr

In a disparaging disclosure, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has told the Supreme Court that investigations into the government housing scam had prima facie established the involvement of the former Minister of State for Urban Development Mr. P.K. Thungon with an organized gang of touts operating from within the Ministry to lure government servants into paying huge sums of money for allotment of out – of – turn housing accomadation.

The CBI told a division dench comprising Mr. Justice Kuldip Singh and Mr. Justice N.P Singh on July 19 that its investigation had revealed the gang operated from within the Ministry, the Directorate of Estates as well as different government colonies as also offices for the purpose of soliciting government servants into paying sums ranging from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 40,000 depending on their length of service and the type of house allotted to them out of turn.

“The nation should hang its head in shame,” the shocked Judges remarked immediately after going through the CBI report. They observed a Union Minister “involving himself with such gangs to cheat poor government servants was unimaginable.”