Patna, Sept. 2: Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi today released the K.K. Singh inquiry report into the alleged purchase of sub-standard medicines by Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL).
He alleged that the JDU had collected huge donations through several corporations and used the money in the Lok Sabha campaign.
While showing the inquiry report, Modi said: “In the recently concluded Lok Sabha election, the ruling party has taken huge money as donation from several corporations and used the money in the campaigning. No doubt those JDU leaders are sitting quiet on the issue of sub-standard medicine purchased by the corporation. They keep on giving parallel comments and counter comments on me whenever I speak but this time they are quiet.”¯
Modi said the medicines that failed quality tests were supplied by the BMSICL to government hospitals in Bihar. The BMSICL was established last year as part of second-generation health reforms to remove bottlenecks in purchase and supply of drugs.
Modi added: “Huge donations were fixed from every corporation and the money used to come through contractors and engineers. This scam is worth at least Rs 200-Rs 300 crore. Former chief minister Nitish Kumar held the health portfolio then. The CBI would be the apt agency to probe the matter, as the state government is trying to protect people involved in the case.”¯
Modi added that he has the inquiry report and demanded that it be made public. The report concludes that medicines were purchased from four companies which were blacklisted in Rajasthan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The report in its conclusion says that fraud cannot be denied in this matter. Thus, there is a need of special inquiry. The report also says that purcahsing of medicine on higher rate by BMSICL is misuse of state fund.
Reacting to Modi’s allegations, JDU spokesperson Ajay Alok, said: “The former chief minister was trying to deflect the present leadership crisis in his party. The BJP contested Lok Sabha elections with the JDU five times. Did Modi and the BJP took donation from the corporations when they were part of the alliance? It’s been three months of general election, why is he suddenly raising the issue? It’s because he is facing leadership crisis in his own party and he is also trying to deflect the present situation,” said Alok.
He asked: “On many occasions, he had raised the leadership crises issue in the JDU. Now, he is facing the same. Even he knows on whose behest, these leaders are opposing. It is the RSS and (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi, who know how close Sushil Modi was with Nitish Kumar.”¯
Health department secretary Anand Kishore said the department has not yet decided what action would be taken against those guilty on the basis of the KK Singh inquiry report.