The Central Bureau of Investigation has re-registered 10 cases in the Srijan scam, in which hundreds of crores were siphoned off allegedly by a Bhagalpur-based non-governmental organisation in connivance with bank and government officials.The cases were earlier probed by the Economic Offences Wing of the Bihar police, which has so far arrested 18 persons and frozen 15 accounts to which the funds were allegedly diverted.Among those named in the FIRs is Manorama Devi, then director of Srijan Mahila Vikash Samiti, who died earlier this year, besides other office-bearers of the NGO and bank officials. The cases were transferred to the CBI on a reference from the Bihar government through the Centre.The police had got a Look-Out Circular issued against the NGO’s secretary, Priya Kumar, the daughter-in-law of the then director and her husband.The Rashtriya Janata Dal, earlier this week, demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe, soon after Mahesh Mandal, an accused, died in a hospital at Bhagalpur.On Friday, the issue rocked the Assembly. Members of the Opposition parties sought the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. RJD, Congress and CPI-ML members staged a walkout.Office space for NGOThe BJP targeted the RJD, alleging that the NGO was given office space in a government building at Bhagalpur on a 30-year lease when Rabri Devi was Chief Minister. While the lease deed was signed on February 25, 2004, it was extended for 50 years the same year, it said.The BJP has also alleged that a key player in the scam, who was absconding with her husband, was the daughter of a Congress leader.
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