Excise Minister Jamshed Ashraf has sought Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s intervention to unearth a “possible big scam” worth several hundred crores of rupees in his department.
In a letter to Kumar and Chief Secretary Anup Mukherjee, Ashraf has sought a probe by the vigilance or the accountant-general into the ‘scam’ allegedly committed in connivance with officers posted in the CM secretariat and the excise department.
The minister had reportedly handed over a nine-page letter to the CM at a recent Cabinet meeting on floating restaurant, MV Ganga.
The letter has created flutters in the political circles here even as the internal wrangling in the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), a constituent of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), is yet to die down.
The minister’s serious charges of widespread corruption were, however, rubbished by Kumar on Friday. “ The truth will soon come out. I am not one who can be influenced by the lure of money. Koi takshal( mint) mujhe nahin kharid sakta hai,” said Kumar.