A special vigilance court on Friday ordered a probe by the state vigilance bureau into alleged irregularities in the purchase of medicines for cattle worth Rs 8 crore in 2008. The court has also asked the bureau to inquire into the alleged role of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who was then in-charge of the animal resources department.
Special Vigilance judge (North Bihar) AK Saran ordered the Superintendent of Police (vigilance) to inquire into the allegations against Modi and submit a report by December 21.
The court passed the order on a complaint filed by senior advocate Sudhir Ojha, who had alleged rampant irregularities in purchase of medicines for cattle in January, 2008, when Modi was holding the additional charge of the state animal resources ministry.
Modi, when contacted, refused to comment on the court order.
Ojha, in his complaint petition, had alleged that Modi had sanctioned an amount of Rs 8 crore for a special drive for treatment of cattle in the month of January 2008, but the whole amount 'went waste' due to alleged irregularities.
He claimed that veterinary doctors from blocks across the state had raised certain objections to the purchase.
Ojha charged that large quantity of medicines for containing the disease among the cattle were supplied to various blocks without the 'not for sale' label.
Ojha has submitted documentary evidences to the court and instituted case against Director, Animal Husbandry department, Chandra Shekhar Prasad, Principal Secretary to department Anil Kumar, Purchaser Incharge, Jai Narayan Singh, besides animal husbandry officers of nine districts of North Bihar and four medicine companies.