New Delhi: After the important files related to the fodder scam from the Bihar Animal and Fisheries Resources Department office went missing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday trained guns at Nitish Kumar-led government accusing him of protecting RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy accused the government of being a “protector of crime and criminals” saying that the case of missing files should not be seen in isolation and that a political atmosphere has developed after the JD(U)-RJD alliance came to power.
According to sources, the missing files are said to be linked to the mid-1990s fodder scam to the tune of billions of rupees. An FIR has been registered at the old secretariat police station in this regard.
However, Bihar Animal Husbandry Minister Awdesh Singh has denied that the missing files were related to the fodder scam.
BJP leader Nitin Naveen also raised serious objections to the way Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance government in Bihar is functioning and questioned whether attempts were being made to protect RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.
“Nitish Kumar should tell how and why he is protecting Lalu Yadav. The files that have gone missing are linked to Lalu Yadav. Nitish Kumar’s action is affecting the future of Bihar,” he said.
The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of about Rs. 9.4 billion from the government treasury of Bihar.
The fodder scam relates to fraudulent withdrawal of around Rs 1,000 crore by Animal Husbandry department from various districts when Lalu was the Bihar chief minister from 1990 to 1997.