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Chuan orders interrogation of MPs over extortion allegation

Aug 13. 2020
Sakda Vicheansil
Sakda Vicheansil
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By The Nation

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has given the greenlight for authorities to question MPs sitting in a panel scrutinising the 2021 budget to uncover the truth behind an alleged Bt5-million bribe demand from Sakda Vicheansil, director general of the Department of Groundwater Resources.

Sakda claimed that an MP had contacted him by phone demanding that he raise Bt5 million in fake documentation for help with the approval of DGR’s Bt1.27 billion budget.

Chuan has instructed Anan Pholamnuay, chief of the budget scrutiny panel, to investigate the case, while he has had his team inform the National Anti-Corruption Commission about the allegation in case it wants to look into the case.

Related story: House committee offers Bt100,000 award for footage of extortion

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