Bihar NGO scam: Sushil Modi seeks monthly updates on funds

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 14, 2017

The police that has lodged eight FIRs mentioning fraud and criminal conspiracy hinted that the amount siphoned from various government bank accounts by the NGO, Srijan Mahila Udyog Samiti Limited, could cross Rs 600 crore, the first scam of such proportions under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's rule.

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.

"Sushil Modi was Bihar's finance minister and held the commercial taxes portfolio when the embezzlement of public money by the NGO in Bhagalpur began. There is solid evidence of Modi's involvement in the scam when he was Bihar Finance Minister". "Why would we do so if we were involved in it?" said Sushil Modi.

The scam happened in Bhagalpur and has now reached 1000 crore.

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Holding deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi "directly responsible" for the scam, Yadav demanded his immediate resignation, saying the BJP leader's continuation in the cabinet could influence the probe.

"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. "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".

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. All the seven arrested persons - Prem Kumar (stenographer of Bhagalpur DM), Rakesh Yadav, Rakesh Jha, Ajay Pandey (Indian Bank employees), Satish Jha (auditor of Srijan), Sarita Jha (manager of Srijan) and Banshidhar Jha (proprietor of a printing press) were sent to jail on Sunday. "I call upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order a CBI probe into such large-scale embezzlement of public money", said Yadav in Ranchi after appearing in a court in a fodder scam case.

Two more FIRs were lodged on Wednesday in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of funds of the land acquisition department.

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