Patna: Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday joined the 'letter war' with former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the Rs 25 crore medical scam by sending a scathing reply for seeking information from him about the detail of the irregularities.
"You do not need to seek information even through RTI because in reality you are the Bihar government and everybody right from principal secretaries to the Chief Minister report to you and take directions," the former deputy chief minister wrote in response to Kumar's letter on Thursday.
"If the CCTV footage or phone call records of your (Kumar) and CM residence is taken out then it will be known that government officials visit your residence more than CM's residence," he said in his letter.
Modi also said out that a cavalcade of 61 cars had accompanied Kumar when he had visited Nalanda recently, and Atish Chandra, who is the secretary to CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, was also present in that convoy.
Kumar, who had written to Modi two days ago, had sought information from him on the financial irregularities in the purchase of medicines, medical equipment and construction of health infrastructure in the state, so that he could reply to the charges being made against him.
Starting his blistering attack, Modi first thanked Kumar for writing a letter to him for the first time and sending it through a special emissary, but criticised him for providing it to the media beforehand.
Modi asked Kumar whether one Shahnawaz Ali had not sent him an extensive letter along with supporting documents about the scam on October 4, 2013, when he was the Chief Minister and had the health portfolio with him.
"You read all newspapers minutely, still when news about the scam were published on December 3 and 6, 2013, what action did you take? Did you not get information when a petition was filed with the Patna High Court on December 24," asked Modi in the letter.