RAIPUR: CM Bhupesh Baghel on Monday slammed the ED for its inhuman behavior during their raids at the offices in the state. Interacting with the media reporters, at the helipad in Police Lines here, Baghel alleged that the agency has been torturing and harassing people in the name of investigation and dubbed the action as “unfortunate”.
The attack by the CM came a day after IT and ED raids on some Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and state service officials and businessmen in Chhattisgarh.
In a series of tweets earlier, he had alleged that officials from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax (IT) had beaten state officers and businessmen with rods while they were detained for interrogation.
Assuring cooperation to probes that are carried out legally, Baghel had warned that if the state government receives complaints of torture or harassment, then it will be compelled to take legal action. He demanded the interrogation by the ED be filmed.
The ED arrested IAS officer Sameer Vishnoi and others after the agency launched raids at multiple locations across various states and claimed that a “massive scam” was taking place in coal transportation in Chhattisgarh, under which, a “cartel” of politicians, government officials, and others was allegedly being paid about ₹ 2-3 crores daily.