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RJD seeks Nitish's resignation over multi-crore scam involving govt funds

The scam involves a Bhagalpur-based NGO Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited

IANS  |  Patna 

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi during the swearing-in ceremony of ministers for Bihar cabinet at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Saturday | PTI Photo

The Assembly was adjourned on Tuesday amid uproar by opposition legislators demanding resignation of and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi over the Rs 1,000 crore Srijan scam.

Soon after the house assembled, the Rashtriya Janata Dal legislators, with placards in their hands, shouted slogans against the scam in which crores of rupees of government funds were transferred to private bank accounts with the help of an NGO.

Speaker Choudhary adjourned the house till 2 p.m. after repeated attempts to pacify the legislators failed.

Earlier, the legislators protested in the portico of the legislative assembly.

"RJD will continue to protest in the and will not allow it to function till and Sushil Modi resign," said Bhai Virender, a vocal RJD legislator, who is also party spokesperson.

The RJD had on Monday, the first day of the Monsoon Session, also disrupted the proceedings in the assembly.

"Both of them should resign as Srijan scam happened in their knowledge and they protected the main accused," said Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav.

Calling it a "mega scam", he said it was not confined to Bhagalpur district alone but that its links were spread in several districts.

The scam involves a Bhagalpur-based NGO Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited, which provided vocational training to women.

The NGO allegedly pilfered funds meant for the government's welfare schemes from the bank accounts of the Bhagalpur district administration.

Following the RJD's demand, the Chief Minister on August 17 recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the matter.

According to Police chief P.K. Thakur, so far 18 people have been arrested and 11 FIRs lodged, including nine in Bhagalpur and one each in Saharsa and Banka districts, in connection with the scam.

First Published: Tue, August 22 2017. 15:48 IST