Former Arunachal Pradesh CM Kalikho Pul, who was found hanging at the official chief minister’s residence in Itanagar last August had wrote a 60-page note titled ‘My Vichar’ (my thoughts).
In his note, the former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh has levelled serious allegations of corruption against constitutional functionaries and a host of top politicians in the state – including current chief minister Pema Khandu and his deputy Chowna Mein.
Late Kalikho Pul wrote, “During my chief ministerial tenure I ensured regular funds for every district under SIDF, RE and NP [non-Plan]. In spite of this, Pema Khandu and his two brothers sought an emergency fund of Rs 6 crore for hydro project maintenance, which was given to them. These funds had not even been touched when they sought more funds in the name of flood relief. They asked for another Rs 10 crore. Rs 10 crore was the sum marked for flood relief in the entire state but even then I gave the largest amount of Rs 6 crore for Tawang.”
“I would like to disclose one more thing, namely that Pema Khandu had a hand in the firing incident that took place on May 2, 2016 in Tawang. Pema Khandu did not allow bail to be given the arrested Lama. The phone conversation between the DC and SP Tawang has a mention of Pema Khandu,” he further stated.
The note has remained under wraps ever since it was discovered and has remained the subject of intense speculation until today. A copy of the note is available with The Wire.
Though the accuracy of the allegations could not be verified, the charged levelled against senior ministers of the state warrant an independent investigation.
Meanwhile, Pul’s widow, Dangwimsai Pul, had sought the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar’s permission to lodge a criminal case against two top judges, who allegedly took bribes in the case arising out of the issue of imposition of President’s Rule in the state in January 2016.
Dangwimsai also said that she was “sure that you (Justice Khehar) will have the matter placed before the appropriate judge in accordance with the judgement in the Veeraswami case for consideration of my request”.
“You are aware that a suicide note is like a dying declaration and is treated very seriously as evidence. The Supreme Court has also laid down that any allegations of an offence made to a police officer must be investigated after registering an FIR on the subject,” she wrote.
Pul’s wife was the first to find his body.