Srijan scam: Congress seeks HC-monitored probe, Bihar CM's resignation
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday demanded a high court-monitored investigation into the Srijan scam in Bihar and also said that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi should resign for a fair probe.
The party also sought a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi if it was true that some ministers linked with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were involved in the scam.
Srijan scam is about transfer of government funds to an NGO Srijan Mahila Sahyog Samiti in Bihar's Bhagalpur district. The NGO used to earn a high rate of interest on the government funds while keeping the principal amount intact.
"It is estimated to be well over Rs 1,000 crore," said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.
The Congress further alleged that the scam happened during Sushil Kumar Modi's tenure as Finance Minister of Bihar. "How is it possible that such a large amount of money kept going out and coming back into the system without any knowledge of Modi?
"Either he doesn't know his job or all this happened under his eyes. His involvement in this can't be completely ruled out neither can the involvement of CM Nitish Kumar be denied," said another Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar.
The leader said that Srijan was headed by Manorama Devi and it was suspected that she was well connected within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and people close to Kumar.
"The party demands a fair probe in the entire matter. The way CBI is being misused by the BJP government (at the Centre), only a high court-monitored investigation can bring the truth out in the case," said Kumar.
Kumar further said: "For any fair probe to happen, Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi must resign from their post. The charges are being made directly against them while they continue to hold top two posts in the Bihar government."