Tue, 13 Jul 2010 17:55:31 GMT

Case against Nitish Kumar in Rs 11,412-crore scam

Patna: A case was today filed before a special vigilance court against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy S K Modi and several other ministers in an alleged Rs 11,412 crore scam, involving irregularities related to fraudulent withdrawals and corruption.

The complainant Mohan Kumar charged Kumar, Modi and 45 others with being involved in irregularities in various departments responsible for execution of welfare schemes. Judge Ajit Kumar fixed July 29 as the date of hearing after recording the statement of the complainant.

Mohan Kumar's counsel Vinu Kumar alleged that the irregularities related to fraudulent withdrawals from state treasury and corruption in various schemes under MNREGA and departments of water resources, human resources, health, minor irrigation, road construction and finance between 2002 and 2008.

The complainant accused the chief minister and his deputy of being involved in alleged fraudulent withdrawals from the state treasury. The report of the Account General Office for the period ended on March 31, 2008 formed the basis for the complaint, he said.

Kumar also sought registering case against state ministers N K Yadav (Health), Prem Kumar (RCD), Harinarain Singh (HRD), Brishen Patel (Rural Works Department), Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha (Rural Development), Damodar Raut (Social Welfare), besides Chief Secretary Anup Mukherjee and several other secretaries of the state government.

Nitish good marketeer, sells bad products: Nirupam

Congress leader and party MP from north Mumbai Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was a good marketing man, 'but his products were not good'.

"The Nitish Kumar government has failed on all fronts, but Kumar has succeeded in selling sub-standard products as he is a good salesman," Nirupam told reporters at the party headquarters here before leaving for Ara and Buxar to gear up the party ahead of November assembly elections in the state.

"The ground reality in Bihar is quite different from the rosy picture painted by the Bihar government," he said. Kidnap for ransom, atrocities on dalits and other crimes were continuing though Kumar claimed to have ushered 'sushashan' (good governance during the past four-and-half-years rule of NDA rule, he alleged.

He also said that there was total peace in Mumbai with crime against the north Indians abating due to the efforts by Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and senior Congress leaders including AICC chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

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