Opposition Demands Removal of Bihar Chief Secretary

RJD leaders protesting at Bihar Assembly on Wednesday..

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Patna: After a CBI court named Bihar Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, and a few others, as one of the many accused in the fodder scam, opposition parties created ruckus outside Bihar Assembly on Wednesday demanding Singh's resignation without any delay.

Blaming Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of being a hypocrite with one moral standard for those he did not like and another for those who were in his camp, leaders representing various opposition parties led by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) yelled anti-Nitish slogans for not taking any action against the man who has been one of the most trusted bureaucrats of the Nitish administration.

Singh and six others have been summoned by a special CBI court in connection with an offshoot of the fodder scam that relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury. At the time Singh was posted as the Deputy Commissioner of Dumka.

When repeated attempt by the Speaker of the House Vijay Kumar Chowdhary to calm down the belligerent legislators failed, Shravan Kumar, a Janata Dal – U leader and the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said that those who were disturbing the Assembly proceedings did not even know what the facts were in the case.

"Singh has been named an accused in the fodder scam; he has not been found guilty of anything. Those who have been convicted in the case, like RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, are already in prison where they belong so what is the point of this madness?" Kumar said.

The Speaker said that chanting slogans by the RJD leaders and others was a complete waste of Assembly's valuable time and it did not mean anything as such questions should be raised during the Question Hour and not during the general proceeding.

"Let us know if you want to do away with the Question Hour," an angry Speaker said.

Rabri Devi protesting outside Bihar Assembly on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, talking to the reporters outside the state Assembly, said that Nitish Kumar, who walked out of the Grand Alliance because 'his conscience was bothering him' following corruption charges against her son and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, was remarkably silent over the Chief Secretary's involvement in the fodder scam.

"Where is his inner voice now? Or does it work only for Tejaswi," she enquired.

Demanding immediate removal of Singh, the wife of Lalu Prasad Yadav said that the entire CBI investigation was a witch-hunt against her husband who now rots in prison while the real culprits of the fodder scam like Nitish Kumar, Sushil Kumar Modi, and Shivanand Tiwari enjoy freedom.

The former Chief Minister also slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the aftermath of destruction of statues of communist leaders like Lenin and Marx in Tripura saying the entire BJP was the 'party of riots' as wherever it was in power, social unrest followed them.

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