Darbhanga: Expressing surprise over the former chief minister Nitish Kumar asking him to prove Kumar’s role in scams related to purchase of drugs and medical equipments, the former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi today said that he will respond to Kumar’s letter tomorrow.
“I will respond tomorrow to Kumar’s letter to me yesterday asking for documents to prove his role in scams related to purchase of drugs and medical equipment by a state government agency – Bihar Medical Services Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL) when the former chief minister held charge of the health department,” Modi told reporters here.
Expressing surprise that Kumar has nudged him to furnish documents to prove his role in the drugs and medical equipments purchase scams by writing an open letter to him yesterday, the former deputy chief minister said that his erstwhile boss, who he said was the de facto chief minister even after demitting office, could have got all documents from from the state government itself.
“It’s his party in power and he is the de facto chief minister…. he could have ordered the officials to provide him all documents related to drugs and medical equipments purchase scam,” he said.
It may be mentioned that the former deputy chief minister had yesterday charged the BMSICL with committing another scam ranging from Rs.four to eight crore in construction of buildings for the district project manager, houses for medical officers and nursing staff and drug ware houses in Bihar and sought to substantiate the charge on the basis of a report by the Office of the Accountant General (Audit), Bihar, in this regard.
Kumar sought to turn the tables on his former deputy by writing an open letter to him yesterday asking him to furnish documents to prove his involvement in the said scams.
“Confusing statements are being passed by you regarding me in purchase of medicines and equipment by the State Health Society Bihar (SHSB) and Bihar Medical Services Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL). Accusations are being made that the irregularities in purchase happened when the charge of the health department was with me,” wrote Kumar in the letter to Modi.
“It will be relevant to know which works were allotted to him (Sanjay Kumar) and from what level when the official in question was posted as joint secretary in the health department. I also want to know how the work done by him during his tenure at health department is being linked to his tenure as personal secretary to CM,” Kumar asked Modi.
Kumar also asked Modi to provide to him all the information sought so that he can also be able to comment on the issue.
The former deputy chief minister had earlier raked up scams in purchase of drugs and medical equipments by the BMSICL causing a loss of Rs. 17 crore together to treasury and blamed the then chief minister Nitish Kumar for it on the ground that he held the health department when these scams happened.