Patna: The CBI has questioned IAS officer Amit Kumar to get more inputs pertaining to the Srijan scam that involves illegal transfer of over Rs 1,000 crore of government welfare funds to the accounts of the Bhagalpur-based NGO.
Kumar, at present posted as district magistrate of Lakhisarai, told The Telegraph over phone on Tuesday that he deposed before the CBI in New Delhi to get his statement recorded. He was posted as deputy development commissioner of Bhagalpur when the scam surfaced this August.
“The CBI had summoned me as I was part of the internal investigation team which conducted an inquiry into the transfer of government funds to the accounts of the NGO. The FIR was lodged on the basis of the inquiry report submitted by the team I headed,” Kumar said.
He, however, refused to share more information on the plea that it would affect the ongoing investigation. Apart from Kumar, three others – deputy collector Harishankar Prasad, accounts officer Rajendra Kumar Chandrawanshi and confidential section in-charge Chandan Kumar – were summoned by the investigating agency.
Kumar was relieved of the charge of investigation into the Srijan scam while the probe ordered by Bhagalpur DM Adarsh Titarmare was on. A source in the CBI said the former Bhagalpur DDC was told to explain the modus operandi of the racket and the government offices which were on the target of Srijan’s representatives.
Questions related to transfer of money from the accounts of the land acquisition department, district welfare department and the district nazarat were put to Kumar and the others who deposed before the CBI. A little over Rs 270 crore belonging to the land acquisition department alone was transferred to Srijan’s accounts. An FIR related to illegal withdrawal of Rs 53 crore from the district rural development agency’s accounts was lodged in Bhagalpur on the statement of the authorities concerned.
Similarly, a huge sum was illegally withdrawn from the accounts of the district treasury, district board and welfare department and subsequently deposited in Srijan’s accounts in connivance with officials of Indian Bank and Bank of Baroda.
Earlier, the CBI had interrogated Darbhanga DM Chandrashekhar Singh, who was the DDC of Bhagalpur when the scam took place. CBI, SP, Kiran S had summoned Chandrashekhar at the agency’s Sabour camp office for interrogation.