Patna,(BiharTimes): At least eight district magistrates (DMs), who have served in Bhagalpur since 2007, are on the radar of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted on August 9 by he state government to probe multi-crore Srijan Scam.
The issue does not only givs an idea about the magnitude of the scam, but raises a very pertinent question: as to why had the state government changed eight DMs in 10 years.
According to SIT sources the role of the present district magistrate Adesh Titarmare has also came under the scanner after two arrested public servants claimed that accounts of the district administration with the Bank of Baroda were opened in 2016 on his directive.
District welfare officer Arun Kumar and nazir (accountant) in the district welfare office, Mahesh Mandal, learnt to have told the SIT that Rs six crore was transferred to the district administration’s account with Bank of Baroda in Bhagalpur from Barari branch of the Punjab National Bank on the order of the present DM.
However, Bhagalpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manoj Kumar told the media that the allegations against the DM would be verified as mere statement against any senior official is not the basis on which he or she may be involved in any offence. It has to be corroborated with evidences. The charges levelled by the district welfare officer may turn out to be wrong during investigation.