In the eye of storm over recovery of Rs. 1.14 crore, $600 and ornaments purportedly stolen from his flat, BJP MP Giriraj Singh on Saturday recorded his statement with police claiming the money belonged to his businessman cousin.
A file photo of BJP leader Giriraj Singh. (HT photo)
Accompanied by Nagpur-based real estate businessman cousin Rakesh Singh, the BJP MP from Nawada visited Sri Krishna Puri police station and recorded his statement.
"The money is of my cousin. I have told this to competent police officers," Giriraj Singh told reporters while coming out from police station.
Patna traffic superintendent of police Rajiv Mishra officiating as senior superintendent of police of Patna at present, who was present inside police station told reporters that the MP told them that the money belonged to his cousin.
The MP's cousin Rakesh Singh is engaged in real estate and maize trade in Nagpur.
Besides Rajiv Mishra, city superintendent of police Asish Bharti was present in the police station with Station House Office Ishwar Dayal during nearly half-an-hour recording of statement.
The Patna officiating SSP said that the police have sought supporting documents of the money to verify the claim.
Giriraj Singh said that the flat located in Boring Road under Sri Krishnapuri police station where theft was committed on Monday belonged to him.
"I was not aware about the money kept in the flat. My younger brother Jairaj Singh was aware that Rakesh Singh has kept the money which is business related payment," Singh said he told officiating SSP.
About the recovery of $600, Rajiv Mishra said the police would look if FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) was applicable or not.
The Nawada MP said that her wife has already claimed to police the ornaments recovered.
The MP came to Patna on Saturday and visited the police station to present his statement to the police.
The recovery of huge amount of cash and other valuables purportedly stolen from the house of BJP MP Giriraj Singh on Tuesday kicked up a political storm in the state.
Ruling JD(U), RJD and Congress have staged strong protest in both Houses of Bihar Legislature over the issue early this week.
A break-in into the flat of the Nawada MP located in posh Boring Road under Srikrishna Puri police station in Patna took place on Monday, while he was away in Delhi to attend the Parliament session.
Police on July 9 recovered from an autorickshaw under Pirbahore police station area Rs. 1.14 crore in cash, $600, gold and silver jewellery and six luxury watches purportedly stolen from Singh's flat after arresting four persons, including his bodyguard and servant.