Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has conceded that corruption prevailed in state apparently causing discomfiture to the ruling JD(U) and Nitish Kumar in the run-up to bypoll in 10 assembly seats next week.
"I have no qualms in admitting that corruption prevails in the official machinery from top to bottom," he told a batch of rural development officials at a function Tuesday.
"The electricity department had sent a flattened bill of Rs. 25000 at my house in Gaya town a couple of years ago at a time when I was a minister....My family members tried their best to take up the matter with senior officials of that department, but to no avail," he recalled.
"In the end, my family members had to cough up Rs. 5,000 as bribe to the department officials to get the bill rectified even though I was a minister in the government," Manjhi said.
He said that he later took up the matter with senior electricity officials who ordered raids to be carried out at some official s`s houses in Gaya from where cash worth crores of rupees were seized.
Manjhi`s also said that Kumar did bring about development in Bihar, but corruption continued unabated.