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IMPHAL, September 11: Former Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh has said he would welcome investigation by any agency and cooperate with it in the alleged Rs 186 crore MDS scam.
Claiming that he was not involved in any "irregularity in the MDS case and did not sign any cheque", Ibobi Singh dared competent authorities to check the Manipur Development Society account and see "whether any cheque counter-signed by him was utilized in withdrawing money."
Ibobi Singh, who served as the chief minister from 2002 to March 2017 before Biren Singh BJP-led government came to power expressed dissatisfaction that the FIR was lodged without "any specific evidence".
He said, he has "no alternative option but to take necessary legal help."
The former chief minister also claimed that the state vigilance commission was directed by him to conduct an inquiry into the alleged misuse of funds in the MDS, during his term as the chief minister, but it could not proceed further after the change of government in March this year.
The former chief minister had received an anticipatory bail in an interim order after he applied for the bail from the Manipur High Court on September 6.
The court fixed September 20 for the next hearing.