Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s son Praveen Kumar, who had been detained by the police after he was allegedly found carrying Rs 4.65 lakh in cash in a car, was granted bail on Sunday.
However, the Rs 4.65 lakh in cash was not released. “Parveen Manjhi was released on bail but the money seized from him, is being analyzed by the Income Tax officials. He was detained after Rs 4.65 lakh was found in his vehicle during ongoing checking for unaccounted cash ahead of assembly election,”The Times of India quoted Aditya Kumar, SP Jehanabad, as saying.
Earlier on Sunday, the police had intercepted a car at Gaya-Jehanabad check post near Umta village and seized Rs 4.65 lakh in cash from Manjhi’s son Praveen Kumar who was on his way to Patna from Gaya, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Md Ashfaq Ansari had said.
Kumar had been detained and taken to Makdumpur police station for questioning after he failed to give a satisfactory reply about the purpose for carrying the cash, Ansari had said.
Praveen Kumar had said he was going to Patna from Gaya with Rs 4.65 lakh for construction work being carried out in his house.
“I was going to Patna from Gaya. The amount was Rs 4.65 lakh.
“I was taking this money to build our house. At our house in Hanuman Nagar in Patna, some construction work is going on. I had taken this money from my brothers,” he had told reporters.
Jitan Ram Manjhi, Kumar’s father and the former Bihar chief minister is also the President of Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular). He is in New Delhi for seat-sharing talks with BJP
The five-phase Bihar Assembly election will begin from 12 October and counting of votes will take place on 8 November.
(With inputs from PTI)