Rs 50,000 to 1.14 crore to 0: BJP MP Giriraj Singh now says all cash his cousin’s

The SSP said that the police have sought supporting documents of the money to verify the claim.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: July 13, 2014 10:33 am
Giriraj Singh tried to avoid questions from media on Saturday. (Source: PTI photo) Giriraj Singh trying to avoid questions from media on Saturday. (Source: PTI photo)

Hard-pressed to explain how the “Rs 50,000” stolen from his house had ballooned into “Rs 1.14 crore” recovered from the thief involved, BJP MP Giriraj Singh on Saturday came up with a new figure: his cousin. The entire cash found with the thief, he told police in Patna, belonged to this cousin with “the flourishing real estate business” in Nagpur, Rakesh Kumar Singh.

While the Nawada MP had owned up to at least Rs 50,000 of the crore-plus earlier, this was the first ever mention of Rakesh. The Nagpur-based “builder” was not mentioned even when the MP’s family first lodged a complaint of theft at their Patna residence.

On Saturday, Singh walked into S K Puri police station, where the case was lodged, along with Rakesh and recorded his statement. He said Rakesh had kept the cash at his home “with some business expansion purpose”. Patna traffic SP Rajiv Mishra, who is the in-charge SSP, was present during recording of Singh’s statement.

According to BJP state chief Mangal Pandey, Singh had complained about theft of Rs 50,000 cash. But on Saturday, the MP said that this money, plus the extra Rs 64,000 and $600 in cash recovered from the thief, Dinesh, all belonged to Rakesh.

The cousin’s statement was not recorded as he was not the complainant, nor was his name mentioned in the FIR, police said. They asked the MP to produce all the property, business and I-T returns details of his cousin as soon as possible.

Police said Rakesh essentially had a maize/poultry business and also dabbled in land deals. SP Mishra told The Sunday Express that Rakesh had told them he ran a poultry business in Nagpur by the names Shri Jagdamba Poultry Pvt Ltd and Ma Gauri Pvt Ltd. The companies supply eggs as well as maize as poultry feed.

Dinesh is alleged to have carried out the robbery at Singh’s Boring Road flat with the help of the MP’s domestic help, bodyguard and a security guard, on July 8. A day later, police caught Dinesh and recovered from him Rs 1.14 crore in cash, $600, gold and silver jewellery and six costly watches. Dinesh told police he had stolen the money and ornaments from Singh’s flat. All four accused are now in jail.

Bihar Additional Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey said: “We had received complaint of a theft, which we successfully cracked. Our part of the job is done. Now it is up to other agencies to find out the real owner of the recovered cash.”

The Enforcement Directorate and I-T department are likely to question the MP soon. The state police has asked its Economic Offences Unit to investigate the matter.

The state government has also begun reviewing all the purchases made when Singh was in-charge of the Animal and Fisheries Resources Department between November 2010 and June 2013, while the BJP was part of the ruling coalition. The purchase of ambulances for animals for Rs 500 core is one of the big schemes under the scanner.

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  1. B
    Jul 13, 2014 at 9:04 am
    This MP is really an embarrment to the Party and should be expelled to save the BJP from more unpleasant disclosures.
    1. I
      Dec 16, 2014 at 4:31 am
      Modi Sir this is what your ache din came up.
      1. G
        Gangu true
        Jul 13, 2014 at 4:10 am
        Bihar administration should not waste time on pittance. There are many big fish in Bihar worth catching that have Chara Ghotala of crores such as Laluji, Rabdiji, Misa Bharatiji etc. A w cricket team of Yadav's. The law is such a joke that Lalu is out of jail even after 17 years of trial and a verdict, and Rabdiji and others were not tried at all.
        1. P
          p k
          Jul 13, 2014 at 7:32 am
          This fellow (at election time) was saying to send us(those disapprove modi) to stan. Now within 60 days of time one can judge why he was really interested on modi.
          1. r
            Jul 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm
            What a disgrace this m.p has brought to the BJP, This M.P should be thrown out of the party as such handling corrupt durrapa (EX C.M) is too much for our party and now our another corrupt M.P
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