Union Minister of Food Processing Industries and Ranchi, MP Subodh Kant Sahai, on Monday welcomed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed in Jharkhand High Court, seeking a CBI probe into the alleged disproportionate assets of Sahai and his brothers.
“I am ready for probe by any agency. Properties of whole world will not become of mine, if someone tags them with my name in a PIL. I welcome the demand of probe so that truth comes before the public,” Sahai told Hindustan Times in Ranchi on Monday evening while reacting over the filing of the PIL.
Earlier in the day, one Nawal Kishore, a resident of Ratu Road, Ranchi, filed the PIL, seeking a CBI probe against Sahai.
Kishore, in his petition, has alleged that Sahai amassed huge assets disproportionate to his known sources of income when he was minister of state for home, information and broadcasting and food processing industries during the previous government of Chadrashekhar and Manmohan Singh, respectively.
The petitioner has also alleged that Sahai has purchased a steel plant in Malaysia, which is located near the steel plant of jailed former chief minister Madhu Koda’s business associates.
It has also been alleged in the petition that Sahai has invested huge capital in a Ranch-based company and supported it in the allotment of tender for fencing the Indo-Pak boarder in early 1990s.
The petitioner has further alleged that Sahai during his tenure as Information and Broadcasting minister had earned huge amount in allotment of prime time slots for various TV serials.
In those days, in the absence of any private channels there was huge competition for purchasing time slot on National Doordarshan channel.
It has also been alleged that Sahai through his brother Sudhir Kant Sahay had made investment of around Rs.1,000 crore in the SKS Ispat and Power Limited.
The PIL also alleged that Sahai invested huge money in Throusseau Overseas Private Limited, a company owned by one of his brothers and in ABC Trading Private Limited having dealership of Escort in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Patna.
Reacting over the PIL, Sahai further said, “I am not going to stop my crusade against corruption in Jharkhand because of “such baseless and imaginary” allegations leveled in the PIL. My crusade will continue.”