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Former Assam Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia’s son was on Sunday arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in a loan default case, PTI reported.

Ashok Saikia, a businessman, had availed a Rs 9.37-lakh loan from the Assam State Co-operative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank in 1996, according to the news agency. He claimed to have repaid his dues in 2011.

The businessman claimed that despite this, a CBI team came to his house in Guwahati on Sunday and said that his loan repayment was pending.

“I do not know why the CBI has brought me in a baseless and fictitious case,” Ashok Saikia said, according to PTI. “ I did not receive any notice from CBI. Only the CBI or the government will know this.”

Ashok Saikia’s brother Debabrata Saikia, the leader of the Opposition in the Assam Assembly, produced a purported certificate from the bank saying that the dues had been paid, PTI reported.

“Under the compromise settlement scheme, he [Ashok Saikia] has fully repay the dues both principal and interest,” said the document purportedly issued by the bank’s General Manager In-Charge HN Borah in 2015, according to the news agency. “Now his aforesaid loan is liquidated.”

Debabrata Saikia also disputed the CBI’s claim that it…

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