Prasad`s defence to freight corridor scam charge weak: Nitish

Nitish Kumar said Prasad`s `weak defence` to allegations of Rs 700 crore scam in eastern and western freight corridor projects indicated that there was "something wrong."

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 19:04 PM IST

Patna: Launching fresh tirade against his
bete noire Lalu Prasad, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said Prasad`s `weak defence` to allegations of Rs 700
crore scam in eastern and western freight corridor projects
indicated that there was "something wrong."

"Mr Turnaround`s (Lalu) weak defence to the allegations
have fuelled the speculation that `daal mein kooch kala hai`
(there is something wrong)," Kumar told reporters here.

Alleging Prasad had stunted the growth of railways
during his stint at Rail Bhavan, Kumar said "had everything
been alright, Prasad would not have called the press in haste
to deny the role of his office in the irregularities in
allotment of tenders for the freight corridor projects.

"His (Lalu`s) poor defence to the allegation has left
several questions behind crying for answers," Kumar said and
added that he would try to mobilise necessary documents about
it before making full facts public.

"In fact, Prasad has said that the DFC committee has
been responsible for the tender process... what is the
justification for the then railway minister to speak about
it... it will also raise questions about the person who headed
the committee and from which place he comes from," he said.

Prasad had yesterday rubbished BJP`s charge about his
involvement in the alleged freight corridor scam saying
neither the office of railway minister nor the Railway
Board had any role in allotment of tenders.

"Neither the office of railway minister nor the
Railway Board has any role in allotment of tenders for the
freight corridor projects," Prasad said at a hurriedly
convened press conference.

PTI