GUWAHATI- Former Union Minister and Congress leader Matang Sinh passed away in a hospital here on Thursday because of COVID-19 related complications. He had tested positive on April 22 and was undergoing treatment.
Matang Sinh was a leader of Indian National Congress and a former union minister of India. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Assam in 1992 and served as union minister of state in parliamentary affairs from 1994 to 1998. The 58-year-old politician was a close aide of former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao.
He was expelled in 1998 on disciplinary grounds after he had made controversial comments against party president Sonia Gandhi.
Sinh, who started as a coal businessman from Tinsukia in Upper Assam, introduced local satellite channels in the State by launching the NETV in 2003.
In January 2015, Mr. Sinh was arrested by the CBI for his involvement in the mutli-crore Sharada Chit Fund scam.