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JD(U) minister says will probe purchases during Giriraj tenure

Giriraj Singh, however, said he would reply to all questions at the right time.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: July 11, 2014 3:02:23 am

At a time when there is a question mark on the ownership of the Rs 1.14 crore cash recovered from a thief who has said he had stolen the money from the house of BJP’s Nawada MP Giriraj Singh, Bihar Animal and Fisheries Resources Department Minister Baidyanath Sahni Thursday said he would review all purchases, especially those of ambulances and medicines for animals, during the tenure of Singh as animal husbandry minister from November 2010 to June 2013.

“I have a strong suspicion that the money recovered from the thief might well have been siphoned off from the department,” Sahni told The Indian Express.

He said though he had already conducted a review meeting of his department with CM J R Manjhi, he had started scrutinising purchase of ambulances for animals for each of the 38 districts for Rs 500 crore. “About 60 ambulances were purchased. Some of them have been parked at the district headquarters without proper arrangement,” said the Animal Husbandry Minister adding that any other scheme that was not in public interest would be closely reviewed.

He said he also suspected absence of fair tender process in purchase of medicines for animals. “I have sought details from department officials on all such purchases.”

On Wednesday, former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi had alleged that he “made money by engaging in corrupt means” as animal husbandry minister.

Giriraj Singh, however, said he would reply to all questions at the right time. He said: “I will tell the truth to the media in due course of time. I have already said it is a conspiracy to malign me. I am ready for any investigation”.

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