In what could spell fresh trouble for LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan, the CBI may soon question the former Union steel minister in connection with alleged illegalities in the Bokaro Steel plant recruitment process, in which relatives of some high-profile people are under the scanner.
Paswan, who is negotiating the seat sharing in Bihar for Lok Sabha elections, has come under the lens following recovery of some documents which, agency sources claimed, indicate his staff may have been actively involved in extending favours to some candidates.
“Such actions cannot be taken at the level of lower rung staff without the approval of the minister concerned. We may question him in this connection. A final decision on when to question him may be taken as the probe progresses,” a senior official said.
The CBI said documents submitted by some successful candidates have Paswan’s seal, his official address — 12, Janpath — and supporting letters from his staff recommending their names for the position in the steel plant.
Paswan was Union Minister for Chemicals, Fertilisers and Steel during the UPA regime between May 2004 and May 2009, and these allegedly fraudulent appointments were made during his tenure. In January, the CBI had registered two separate cases related to alleged irregularities in the appointments in the middle and junior management level.
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