Patna: Sticking to its demand for sacking of
the Nitish Kumar government in the light of the CAG report on
alleged withdrawal of money from the state treasuries,
opposition RJD Saturday said it was a `systematic and
merciless` plunder of the state exchequer and accused the
state government of trying to `forestall` a CBI probe.
``Why are you (Nitish Kumar) worried when you have not
committed any offence?`` RJD spokesman Shakeel Ahmed Khan and
its general secretary Ramkripal Yadav said talking to
``The state government is making a sinister bid to
forestall a probe by CBI into non-reconciliation of the
advances of Rs 11,412 crores drawn from the state treasuries on
abstract contingent (AC) bills which is fraudulent in
nature,`` Khan said.
Khan, a senior lawyer of the Patna High Court and
former law minister, said the court had rightly observed that
huge amounts have been `systematically and mercilessly`
plundered in the state with purposive and complete absence of
government attention and it must be investigated by CBI, which
is beyond the reach of the state government.
Commenting on the recent ruling of Speaker Udai Narayan
Choudhary that no agencies would be allowed to interfere in
the matter being examined by the Public Accounts Committee of
the house, Khan said the cases of fraudulent nature formed a
criminal offence and only a prosecuting agency had the
authority to bring the culprits to justice.
``The state government should have supported the inquiry
by an independent agency instead of making attempts to
forestall the investigation, which is also an offence,`` he
Equating the present case to the multi-crore rupees
fodder scam, Khan recalled that two of the charimen of the
Public Accounts Committee -- Jagdish Sharma and Dhruv Bhagat,
were put behind the bars by CBI on similar charge of
forestalling the inquiry.
He also took a pot-shot at the ruling NDA in the state
for not sparing even the Rajbhavan in the controversy and said
RJD would continue its agitation for the ouster of the Nitish