Lalu demands CBI probe in Rs 500 crore scam

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday targetted BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi over a Rs 1,000 crore scam, and demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sack him and get him arrested for "direct involvement" in the scam.

In the wake of FIRs over the alleged siphoning of government funds by a Bhagalpur NGO, Deputy CM and Finance Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has asked principal secretaries, commissioners and district magistrates to update all government accounts and submit monthly updates to the finance department. "There is solid evidence of Modi's involvement in the scam when he was Bihar Finance Minister".

Lalu Prasad said Modi is not the only senior BJP leader involved in this scam, which he said was "bigger than the fodder scam" that surfaced in the mid 90s. On Wednesday, state chief minister Nitish Kumar revealed that the scam has been brought to light from the Bhagalpur district. As per PTI, the scam amounts to Rs 302.70 crore, out of which, the state government had allocated Rs 270 crore for land acquisition, Rs 17.70 crore for urban development and Rs 15 crore belonged to district Nazarat. "A CBI probe is imperative as the tentacles of the scam are spread outside the state and even overseas", Prasad said.He also dared CM Nitish Kumar to order a probe by the premier agency to exhibit his commitment towards his "zero tolerance policy on corruption". "Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take cognizance of the scam and order a CBI probe into it because a state government agency is not reliable to investigate as Sushil Kumar Modi is involved in it", he reiterated.

"I want the suspension of Sushil Kumar Modi".

"Now it has crossed Rs 500 crore and it may increase in coming days with the probe still on", an official of the SIT said.

The special investigation team headed by inspector general, economic offences unit, Jitendra Singh Gangwar, arrested the Bhagalpur district land acquisition officer and a bank official.

JS Gangwar, the IG, EOU who is heading the investigation has said that seven persons have been arrested in connection with the scam and further investigation is under progress.

SIT officials said an FIR was lodged on Tuesday evening at Tilkamanjhi police station in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 10.26 crore fund of the Mukhyamantri Shahari Vikas Yojana, against board members of Srijan Sahayog Mahila Vikas Samiti, a Sabour-based NGO and officials of Indian Bank.

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