Srijan Scam Accused Appear Before the Special CBI Court

Srijan scam accused being brought to the CBI court in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: Seventeen accused in the multi-core rupees Srijan scam were produced before a special CBI court in Patna on Tuesday after which the special acting judicial magistrate Kumari Jyoti sent them back to Bhagalpur jail in judicial custody until October 17.

The case relates to illegal transfer of money to the tune of over Rs. 1300 crore from various commercial and rural banks to the Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited (SMVSS) account with the help of senior bank and government officials.

Amidst growing concerns and outpour of demand for a fair trial, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had handed over the case to the CBI on August 25.

Defense lawyers tried to keep their clients in Patna Jail on account of their security but their requests were turned down by the court that ordered them sent back to Bhagalpur Jail.

Those who remain in judicial custody including Bhagalpur Cooperative Bank former General Manager Pankaj Kumar Jha, his Assistant Ashok Kumar Ashok, Manager Sudhanshu Kumar Das, Auditor Harishankar Upadhyaya, Acting Manager Vijay Kumar Gupta, Sunita Chowdhary, Arun Kumar Singh, Arun Kumar, Vinod Mandal, Vanshidhar Jha, Sarita Kumari, Atul Raman, Ajay Kumar Pandey, Rakesh Kumar, Arun Kumar Singh, and Santosh Kumar Jha.

The court has set October 17 as the next date of hearing when the accused will appear before the court via video-conferencing.

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