Srijan scam: The Bhagalpur Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the Rs 700-crore Srijan Scam is searching for two political leaders who may hold the key to the probe into NGO’s “shadow investment,” sources told Indian Express. Over the last two days, SIT has raided the houses of BJP Kisan Morcha’s former state vice president Bipin Sharma and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RSLP) district president Deepak Verma and have seized documents. However, both Sharma and Verma are on the run. It was learned that Sharma, who was sacked last week from his duties after his name surfaced in the probe, was a friend of Srijan founder Manorama Devi’s son Amit Kumar.
A neighbour of Manorama Devi at Talkamanjhi told IE,”Sharma arranged all key political meetings of Manorama. He is said to have introduced Manorama to senior politicians. The neighnour also said that Devi considered Sharma “another son” and he visited her residence quite frequently.
The IE report added, a senior police officer as saying,”Sharma ran a small shoe shop at Tilkamanjhi some eight years ago and also sold newspapers and magazines. He had a phenomenal growth after his association with Srijan. He now has a showroom of branded shoes and jeans.” The officer added that they are trying to find out if Sharma was used as a “dummy” by Srijan for its “shadow investment.”
The officer also told IE that Sharma’s political rise came at the same time of his business growth and he was named state vice-president of BJP Kisan Morcha.
Meanwhile, earlier last year, RSLP leader Verma also the Sabour president of the Primary Agriculture and Credit Society, had unsuccessfully contested for a Bihar Legislative Council seat. moreover, his wife and sister-in-law are members in Srijan decision making committee, report added. A senior police officer told IE,”We have got some leads on Verma keeping PACS money with Srijan bank. We suspect him to be another dummy for Srijan’s shadow investments.”