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Attorney-General reviewing the case of Indian-origin minister

Singapore, Jan 10 (PTI) An alleged corruption case against Singapore’s Indian-origin Minister S Easwaran is being reviewed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), Parliament was told on Tuesday.

Education Minister Chan Chun Sing, in a written reply to an opposition lawmaker on behalf of the prime minister, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) had completed a “robust and thorough investigation” into the case against the transport minister.

The alleged corruption-related investigation stemmed from an earlier unrelated investigation into a case. No further details have been released yet about why Easwaran is being investigated.

Easwaran was arrested by corruption smugglers on July 11, 2023. He is currently out on bail.

The matter is now before the AGC.

“It would therefore not be appropriate to comment on this matter at this time,” Channel News Asia quoted Chan as saying to Progress Singapore Party member of parliament Hazel Poa.

Chan said, “I understand there is a great deal of public interest in this case. I want to assure that this case will go through the proper legal process.”

In July 2023, Easwaran was directed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to take a leave of absence until the investigation was completed.

Easwaran’s monthly salary was reduced to SGD8,500 until further notice, although he continues to receive his MP allowance.

Ong Beng Seng, a property tycoon and promoter of the Formula One race in Singapore, was also arrested on July 11 as part of a corruption investigation. Ong brought to Singapore Formula One, an international sporting event with which the former minister is associated.

Easwaran was elected to Parliament as a Member of Parliament under the ruling People’s Action Party in 1997 and has served for the last 26 years.

He was promoted to full minister in the Prime Minister’s Office in 2011, and has held ministerial portfolios in the ministries of Education, Home Affairs, and Communications and Information.

Although not unprecedented, ongoing investigations are rare in Singapore’s political landscape.

The last time a cabinet minister was investigated by the CPIB was in November 1986. According to a report in The Straits Times, then-Minister for National Development Teh Chiang Wan was investigated for allegedly accepting bribes.

He died before he could be charged in court. PTI GS Tir Tir

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to the headline or body have been made by ABP Live.)

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