CBI to probe mid-day meals funds swin­dle

The Hindu - - NATION - Spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent

The Central Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) has reg­is­tered a case to probe the al­leged il­le­gal trans­fer of ₹100 crore from a Jhark­hand gov­ern­ment’s State Bank of In­dia ac­count to a con­struc­tion com­pany.

The money was meant for the mid-day meal pro­gramme.

On Wed­nes­day, the CBI con­ducted searches on the premises of the ac­cused per­sons and the com­pany, Bhanu Con­struc­tion, in Ranchi.

Among those named in the FIR are the com­pany, its part­ners San­jay Kumar Ti­wari and Suresh Kumar, and the then deputy bank man­ager Ajay Oraon of the Hatia branch in Ranchi. The man­ager has been sus­pended fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the agency, the deputy man­ager with the bank’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment unit il­le­gally trans­ferred more than ₹100 crore to the pri­vate com­pany from the ac­count of the ‘Ra­jya Mad­hyan Bho­jan Prad­hikaran’.

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