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BJP defends Nitish govt in graft case

With the Patna HC ordering a CBI probe into alleged financial irregularities of Rs 11,412 crore against the Bihar government, ruling ally BJP today said this was "not a scam but a simple matter of accounts adjustments".



Patna: With the Patna High Court ordering a
CBI probe into alleged financial irregularities of Rs 11,412
crore against the Bihar government, ruling ally BJP today said
this was "not a scam but a simple matter of accounts
adjustments".

Talking to reporters after the state executive meeting
here, senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "We respect
the judiciary but the NDA government is yet to receive a copy
of the Patna High Court ruling...we will reply threadbare
after going through the order."

Prasad, accompanied by state BJP chief C P Thakur, said
the CAG report was "tentative" and the Public Accounts
Committee (PAC) was going through the report.

A division bench of Patna High Court headed by Chief
Justice Rekha M Doshit and Justice S K Katriar on July 15 had
ordered a CBI inquiry into alleged financial irregularities of
Rs 11,412 crore in execution of many development schemes
including MNREGA and mid-day meal, in Bihar between April 1,
2002 and March, 2008.

Prasad said article 151 (part 2) of the Constitution said
that CAG before tabling its report in the Assembly or to the
Lok Sabha should place the report before the PAC and added "it
is not a scam but a matter of accounts adjustments."

PTI

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