The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday alleged a scam worth several crores of rupees in purchase and distribution of electricity transformers across Bihar and demanded a probe either by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) or Accountant General failing which it would approach the Patna High Court.
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“A huge scam worth several crores of rupees is happening in the state in the purchase of electricity transformers and some of their components. So far the state has lost Rs 37 crore in the purchase of equipment worth Rs 93 crore,” senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters here.
Modi showed documents to media persons and pointed out how a distribution transformer which was being supplied in Patna district at Rs 1.04 lakh, was being charged Rs 1.46 lakh in Arwal district and Rs 1.6 lakh in Buxar district.
“Similarly, equipment used with transformers like ‘ACSR conductors’ are being supplied by contractors in Jehanabad and Arwal districts at Rs 2,734 and in Bhagalpur at Rs 16,500 and in Buxar at Rs 26,000. Another equipment ‘AB Switch’ is being provided at Rs 7,723 in Patna district, and at Rs 21,073 in Jamui and Rs 58,000 in Bhagalpur district,” Modi said.
He also pointed out that Pre-Stressed Concrete (PSC) poles to install transformers were being supplied at Rs 2,104 each in Patna district and at Rs 4,924 in neighbouring Arwal and Jehanabad districts.
Alleging that the state government has flouted the norms with “malafide intentions”, Modi said. “We demand a probe in the entire matter either by Central Vigilance Commission or by the Accountant General. If it is not conducted, we’ll file a writ (petition) in the Patna High Court.”