Cong seeks SC-monitored probe

23 Aug 2017

The Congress today sought a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the alleged multi-crore NGO fraud in Bihar, and asked chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi to step down.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also demanded that it should be probed if the Srijan and Madhya Pradesh's Vyapam scams are "connected in any manner", given that the principal accused in both the cases were allegedly killed. A key arrested accused in the alleged NGO fraud, Mahesh Mandal, died earlier this month of illness, the Bihar police had said on August 21. The Congress and also the RJD have raised questions over the circumstances in which Mandal died.
According to the Congress, Srijan scam is about transfer of government funds to an NGO Srijan Mahila Sahyog Samiti in Bihar's Bhagalpur district. The NGO used to earn a high rate of interest on the government funds while keeping the principal amount intact. It is estimated to be well over 1000 crore, it alleged. Kumar had on August 17 recommended a CBI probe into alleged swindling of government money by the NGO. He has also asserted that the "culprits will be traced even from 'patal' (beneath the earth)" and nobody will be spared.