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Parties demand arrest of Giriraj Singh

JD(U) legislators shouting slogans and demanding an inquiry into the recoveredcurrency notes and gold which were stolen from the house of BJP MP Giriraj Singh during ongoing monsoon session in Patna. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar  

JD(U), RJD and Congress Legislators on Wednesday created a ruckus in both Houses of Bihar Legislature over recovery of Rs 1.14 crore, 600 US dollars and ornaments stolen from the house of BJP MP Giriraj Singh and demanded his arrest and termination of Parliament membership, alleging it as “black money“.

As the Assembly sat for the day, the MLAs of the three parties trooped into the well and demanded stringent action against Mr Singh.

With BJP members also in the well to protest police firing in Rohtas district on Tuesday, in which two persons were killed, Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary adjourned the House till 2 pm when members refused to obey him and return to their seat.

Pandemonium

Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi was in the House when a pandemonium erupted.

Later, the Chief Minister told reporters in his chamber that the State government had taken cognisance of the recovery of huge cash, US dollar notes and ornaments stolen from Mr. Singh’s flat and would act according to law.

“The Patna police and the Income Tax department have already been probing the source of the wealth recovered. If need arises, other forms of inquiry could be ordered,” he said.

Volume

Former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed surprise over the volume of cash and US dollar notes that were recovered.

“The volume is big. It raises a question as to from where they came,” Mr. Kumar told reporters emerging from the Legislative Council.

JD(U) MLAs sat on dharna at the main entrance of the Assembly demanding immediate arrest of Mr. Singh, the BJP MP from Nawada.

The scene was similar in Legislative Council where JD(U) members created a ruckus.

Police recovered the stolen items from the BJP MP’s flat with the arrest of four persons on Tuesday.

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