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Sleuths await Giriraj & kin arrival

Giriraj Singh

Nawada MP Giriraj Singh, caught in a cash muddle, is expected to return to Patna from New Delhi on Friday with his “relative” and explain his position.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj confirmed the news about Singh’s arrival.

“We have written to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the case. A sum of Rs 1.14 crore, $600 and other valuables had been recovered from an autorickshaw on Monday evening. The lone person arrested confessed to have broken into the Himgiri Apartment flat in Anandpuri locality belonging to the MP along with three others the same afternoon and looting the cash, jewellery and other articles. The case is related to the recovery of a huge sum and foreign currency. Hence, we decided to seek the help of the agency, which specialises in such work. Giriraj Singh had told us that he would return to Patna soon. He is expected to be back on Friday,” said the SSP.

Sources said the MP had told the police that he would bring his relative too. Giriraj had told The Telegraph on Wednesday that the money stolen and subsequently recovered belonged to his relatives and that his political opponents were levelling baseless charges against him.

“He has said that he would bring along his relative to whom the cash and valuables belong. Though the police are not sure as to who the relative would be and in what way he was related to Giriraj, the cops have learnt that his name was Rakesh and he was a contractor. Things would be clear only after Giriraj and his relative arrive in Patna and explain things. The police are conducting scientific investigation and if need be, the MP would be questioned. Giriraj should be happy that the money looted from his flat has been recovered,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity.

Sources claimed that with other agencies informed about the recovery, it would not be easy for the MP or his relative to get the money back.

“Giriraj’s wife has already written an application to SK Puri police station, claiming that the ornaments and wristwatches stolen from the flat belong to her. However, she has not mentioned anything on the cash. The income tax sleuths and the ED officers have already been informed and they would definitely carry on with their own investigations, which would take time. They would also want to question the MP in the same connection. So it would not be easy for him or his relative to get back the money. They would make a claim for it definitely and there is a process involved. The currency bundles have stamps of banks based in Gujarat and other states and that too, would be probed. He has said that he would return to Patna on Friday and explain,” the officer added.


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