'To help your own people is corruption? Is helping people corruption?' the BJP minister said.
New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday brushed aside all allegations of corruption levelled against him and his distant cousin, saying that the ones planting such news would be beaten up with shoes if they come to Arunachal.
Rijiju pushed aside all the blames calling it "shameful" and asked if helping one's own people be termed as 'corruption'.
"To help your own people is corruption? Is helping people corruption?" said Rijiju.
"This news is nothing but a mischief. I did write a letter but there's nothing suspicious about it," he added.
Rijiju, his distant cousin, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, Goboi Rijiju, and several other officials of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) have been alleged of corruption in the construction of two dams for one of the biggest hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh.
Their names, including the names of Chairman and Managing Editor of NEEPCO, have been mentioned in a 129-page report submitted by the Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) Chief Vigilance Officer.