Another scam in health department under Nitish Kumar, claims Sushil Modi

Senior BJP leader Sushil Modi on Thursday alleged that a scam of several crores of rupees had taken place in the health department last year when the portfolio was with the then Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

PTI| Updated: Sep 12, 2014, 01:36 AM IST

Patna: Senior BJP leader Sushil Modi on Thursday alleged that a scam of several crores of rupees had taken place in the health department last year when the portfolio was with the then Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Modi alleged that the scam occurred in construction of the house-cum-office of the district project manager, houses for medical officer and nursing staff and drug warehouse.

The construction work was carried out by the state agency Bihar Medical Services & Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (BMSICL) at a time when Kumar held the health portfolio after sacking the BJP ministers, he said.

An irregularity of funds between Rs 4.78 crore to Rs 8.62 crore in the projects has been detected by the Office of the Accountant General (Audit), Bihar, in its recent report, Modi told reporters while releasing the audit report.

Earlier, the senior BJP leader had charged Kumar with involvement in the scams related to drug purchase and medical equipments by the BMSICL causing a loss of about Rs 17 crore to the exchequer.

Reiterating his demand for a CBI probe in the matter, he said Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi should recommend it unless he sought to shield his predecessor.

The chief minister has rejected Modi's demand for a CBI probe in these scams saying that the state agencies were competent to do so and bring the culprits to book.