PATNA: Bihar deputy chief minister and senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi has gone on issuing repeated clarifications in the media a day after the Income Tax (IT) sleuths raided the residence of his cousin sister in Patna in connection with a multi-billion scam involving alleged transfer of huge government money to the account of a Non-Government Organsiation (NGO) in alleged connivance with the officials holding key positions.
The IT sleuths raided the residence of deputy CM’s sister Rekha Modi in Patna on Thursday after her name surfaced during the course of investigation. She is alleged to be one of the key beneficiaries of the government funds fraudulently transferred to the bank accounts of the NGO— Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti—in between 2008 and 2017. She is also accused of receiving diamond jewelries worth over 14 million from the scamsters.
As the raids earned him huge embarrassments, the Dy CM has continued issuing explanations in the media claiming he has strained relations with his sister and has not spoken to her in the past 10 years. He issued clarifications twice on September 6 and September 7.
“She is one of my distant relations with whom I don’t enjoy good relations. She also filed a case of domestic violence against me although I was acquitted by the court. I have just no idea where does she stay and in what business she is involved,” Dy CM Modi clarified to the media for the second time on Friday through his twitter handle.
He added his sister also fought against the official BJP candidate in 2010 and has been sent to jail for tearing apart the uniform of the then Patna’s deputy superintendent of police Sheela Irani. “I have no relations with my sister,” he asserted adding he hasn’t met her for the past over a decade.
Modi went for clarification mode soon after the main opposition, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) launched a blistering attack on the Dy CM following CBI’s raids on his sister’s residence. “CBI’s raid on the residence of Sushil Modi is just an eyewash. In fact, it is aimed at protecting the real culprit,” Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav has alleged adding the raids were part of the move to shield the Dy CM.
“Sushil Modi is the real culprit in the scam. It was during his tenure as Bihar’s finance minister that government funds worth Rs25 billion were robbed off. It was Modi who got the government money transferred to his sister’s account,” he alleged.