Lalu demands CBI probe into Rs 500 cr scam involving Sushil Modi

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, on Saturday, demanded a CBI probe into the fraudulent transfer of public funds, amounting allegedly to over Rs 350 crore, by the last count, into the account of an NGO, Srijan Sahayog Mahila Vikas Samiti in Bhagalpur district of south eastern Bihar.Claiming the involvement of top politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats in the scam, Prasad told reporters only an independent probe by the premier investigating agency would only unravel the magnitude of the scam."This scam is worth Rs 1,000 crore and funds withdrawn clandestinely from government accounts by Srijan since 2005 was used in real estate, businesses and for money laundering. There is solid evidence of Modi's involvement in the scam when he was Bihar Finance Minister".

Mr Yadav said the role of deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi was under scanner as the scam occurred between 2005-2010 when the NDA was in power in Bihar, and Mr Modi was the finance minister. The scam happened in Bhagalpur and has now reached 1000 crore. "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 RJD leader recalled that charges against him in the fodder scam are that he was Finance Minister at the time and was thus responsible for the fodder scam.

Earlier this week, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had flagged the issue, after which, the probe into embezzlement is being carried out at a greater pace.

Lalu Prasad said he does not have faith in the ongoing probe into the scam by the state agency. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi must take cognisance of the matter and order CBI probe", he said.

After three days of investigations, a Special Investigation Team of Bihar Police's Economic Offence Unit said that at least Rs 700 crore was diverted from the bank accounts of different departments, including Mukhyamantri Shahari Vikas Yojna, in Bhagalpur district.

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.

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

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