PATNA: A woman who is alleged to be the mastermind behind Rs1,300 crore NGO scam had applied for Padma Shri award, India’s fourth highest civilian award, last year quite like jailed controversial godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the rape of two women, as per media reports.
Meet Manorama Devi whose NGO Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti now under the investigation of the CBI for the alleged large-scale financial fraud.
This award is given to people for their contribution in various fields. She had applied to the home ministry for this award in the category of “social service”.
The woman died in February this year. It was after his death that the entire scam came to light as she herself had been managing the bank accounts of the NGO and none was aware of her modus operandi, reports said.
The investigation into the multi-million NGO scam, considered to be the second biggest financial fraud in Bihar after the fodder scam has in the meanwhile picked up momentum a week after the CBI took over the case.
On Friday, a team of CBI officials conducted raids at the office of the NGO in Sabour block of Bhagalpur and seized 25 registers, a local Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar reported tdoay. They also quizzed some staffs of the NGO running cooperative banks.
So far, the CBI has registered 10 cases in connection with the scam and is quizzing the officials from various government departments and banks.
The scam involves transfer of huge government money to the account of a Non-Government Organsiation (NGO) in alleged connivance with the officials holding key positions.
The CBI has registered the case against Manorama Devi, former director (now dead) of Bhagalpur-based NGO, officials of Bank of Baroda and head assistant of the land Acquisition office in Saharsa district, as per the report. The accused persons have been booked for criminal conspiracy, cheating, cheating by impersonation and breach of trust.