Former Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh

Former Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh has welcomed the CBI probe into alleged misappropriation of funds and said he will cooperate with the central investigating agency.

“I welcome it. I have also said that if they think that I have committed something wrong only after investigation it can be proved,” Ibobi Singh told reporters in New Delhi on Friday.

“Not only CBI, whether its ED or NIA they are always welcome and I will fully cooperate with them,” Singh said.

His remarks came after the CBI on Friday conducted raid at nine locations in Aizawl, Imphal and Gurugram in connection with alleged misappropriation of Rs 332 crore government fund.

The CBI, however, has not revealed the locations, where the raids were conducted.

The central probe agency registered a case against  former Manipur chief minister O. Ibobi Singh, who was the then chairman of Manipur Development Society (MDS), Y. Ningthem Singh, former project director of MDS, DS Poonia, (Retd), the then chairman of MDS, P.C. Lawmuknga, (Retd), the then chairman of MDS, O. Nabakishore Singh, (Retd), S. Ranjit Singh, administrative officer, MDS and others.

The CBI said it was alleged that the accused persons while working as chairman of Manipur Development Society from June 30, 2006 to July 2017, in collusion with others, misappropriated government funds to the tune of Rs 332 crore out of the total amount of Rs 518 crore which was entrusted to them for the purpose of executing works.

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