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Contradiction in audit reports, from CBI to state finance department everybody now wants to identify the responsible persons


September 22nd, 2018

Our Bureau/

CBI investigating multi crores Srijan scam reportedly sniffed major contradictions in the previous audit reports of different government agencies at Bhagalpur earlier conducted by the office of accountant general (AG-Bihar) when the scam was in its climax.

Interestingly, the central investigation agency which concentrates much on the recent  special audit in the government  offices by AG-Bihar, underlined the gross mistakes in the previous audit reports which gave clean chit to the government departments here at that time when crores of government funds were embezzled by the Srijan nexus here from the government departments. The previous audit reports reportedly made CBI fix as the reports even did not raise any objection and blindly conducted the audits.

Meanwhile, finance department, government of Bihar which also has been  studying  the present special audit reports from Bhagalpur by AG-Bihar to assess the quantum of mistakes conducted in previous audit reports of AG-Bihar, has asked district magistrate, Bhagalpur, Pranav Kumar to let the department confirm about how many times audit teams from AG-Bihar office visited Bhagalpur to conduct audits in between 2007-17, the pick hours of Srijan scam.

Omprakesh Jha, additional secretary of the state’s finance department in his recent letter to DM, Bhagalpur wanted to know specifically about the visits of audit team to Bhagalpur at that time. Jha specifically wanted to know about audit teams visits to Bhagalpur collectorate for audit at that period. More than Rs 300 crore from government funds had been embezzled from district collectorate by Srijan’s masterminds.

As per the norms within the interval of 3 years, AG-Bihar team uses to conduct audit of any government department. Sources here said that in between 2007-17, audit team from AG-Bihar office visited district collectorate for audits but failed to smell the illegal transactions from the banks accounts of district collectorate by Srijan. The source claimed that after receiving the reply from DM, Bhagalpur, the then members in the previous audit teams would be interrogated.

Earlier after in house audit, district administration already reported about the failure of the than audit teams to detect the large scale fraudulent of government money at that time. The report mentioned that audit team from AG-Bihar audited district collectorate on March 2015 but no adverse comment or any remark was passed by the team despite the fact that fake bank statements were produced before the audit team. “The team did not verify it while visiting the concerned branches of the banks here and fully depends on the concerned persons of district colloctorate who were deputed to help the team,” the report of the administration mentioned .However administration already sent it’s in house audit report  to general administration department, Bihar, state finance department along with to CBI.

CBI already arrested assistant Nazir of district collectorate, Amrendra Yadav and interrogated official concerned more than dozen time  while calling them to Delhi.

“Now in the course of investigation it would be cleared whether the audit teams of AG-Bihar were influenced by the Srijan nexus or they were put in dark by the local staffs here who also have nexus with Srijan,” said the experts of financial affairs here.

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