Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad said he will not rest until FIRs are lodged against Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi in the alleged Srijan scam. Attacking the two leaders, he alleged that that they had knowledge of the scam.
"We will take the matter to the logical conclusion. We will not rest unless FIRs are lodged against Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi in the scam," Lalu said, and questioned why the two have not been booked already in the case.
Referring to Nitish Kumar's "suicidal street play" remark, Lalu said he reckoned that it was a "warning" but he will continue his fight to expose those involved in the scam. "It was a atmaghati nukkad-natak (suicidal street play) which will cost Lalu heavily," Nitish had told reporters while commenting on the public meeting of the RJD chief and his son Tejashwi at Bhagalpur on Monday.
Refuting Nitish's claim that he first detected the scam after an incident of cheque bouncing surfaced on 7 August this year, Lalu alleged that cheques bounced several times between 10 July and 29 July. "Why did Nitish Kumar hide the issue of cheques bouncing for 27 days?" asked Lalu, who was accompanied by his son and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and senior party leaders Jagdanand Singh and Shivanand Tiwari during the press meet.
"Why has he not come out with a public explanation so far, though he used to tell Tejashwi to explain in public the charges levelled against him," Lalu said. He claimed that the 2008 CAG report clearly stated about the alleged scam related to irregularities in allocation of fund to Srijan NGO, but Nitish chose to remain silent.
"Why did Nitish Kumar make 'so many frequent visits' to Delhi between 10 July and 26 July?" Lalu asked, and claimed that that the chief minister was told that if he breaks the grand alliance, nothing would happen to him. The RJD chief also said Nitish was "giving him lessons on maintaining dignity as if he was his headmaster".
Tejashwi Yadav, leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly, said the state government does not want the Opposition to expose it on the scam. He alleged that a fair probe is not being held in the Srijan scam by the CBI "which is under pressure". He said that his party would move the Supreme Court seeking monitoring of the probe. Tejashwi also asked Nitish Kumar as to "what happened to his commitment of finding out the culprits of the scam even from patal (from beneath the ground)".
The former deputy chief minister also accused Nitish Kumar of being the 'Bhishm Pitamah' of moral corruption, "besides indulging in political corruption by betraying the mandate given to the grand alliance".
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Updated Date: Sep 12, 2017 21:22:30 IST