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Sushil Modi's kin had direct links with Srijan scam accused: Tejashwi


IANS Patna
Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday alleged Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi's family has direct links with the accused in the multi-crore Srijan scam case involving an NGO that allegedly pilfered funds meant for government welfare schemes.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader also asked why the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has not registered a case against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi in the scam despite knowledge of their involvement.
"Sushil Modi's sister Rekha Modi and niece Urvashi Modi received crores of rupees from Srijan scam. Here are bank statements of Srijan to prove transactions," Tejashwi Yadav said in a series of tweets attaching the statement of Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Ltd's Indian Bank's Bhagalpur branch account in which few transactions showed the names of Rekha Modi and Urvashi Modi.
"Sushil Modi and Nitish Kumar are direct parties in the Rs 2,500 crore scam but CBI not naming and questioning them. Why?
"Rs 2,500 crore of state exchequer were looted for years in Srijan scam under the able guidance of Deputy Chief Minister cum Finance Minister Sushil Modi and sound and known patronage of Nitish Kumar," he said attaching a letter written by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to the Bihar government in September 2013.
"Why the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister didn't act on complaints from RBI and then Finance Ministry?"
His remarks came a day after Sushil Modi fired fresh corruption salvos at Yadav alleging him of serving as the "handling and storage agent" of a leading steel company in the country.
Sushil Modi alleged that Yadav did not declare this information in his affidavit before the Election Commission when he made his electoral debut in the Bihar Assembly polls of 2015 and accused him of evading taxes on the earnings made in aforementioned capacity.
Yadav on Thursday alleged that Nitish Kumar had the knowledge of the Srijan scam but turned a blind eye. "I am giving proofs that Nitish Kumar was very much in loop and know to things related to Srijan scam but he turned a blind eye and didn't take cognisance of scam and allowed the rampant loot of state exchequer.
"His party leaders were directly involved in this plundering to fund him," he said.
The Srijan scam involves Bhagalpur-based NGO Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Ltd, which used to provide vocational training to women. The NGO allegedly pilfered funds meant for government welfare schemes from the bank accounts of the Bhagalpur district administration.
Nitish Kumar had on August 18, 2017 recommended a CBI to probe in the scam after RJD chief Lalu Prasad accused him of "murdering democracy" in Bihar.
In August last year, the CBI registered 10 cases related to the scam and filed four fresh case in June this year.

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First Published: Jun 28 2018 | 3:36 PM IST

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