Manjhi in trouble over statement ‘getting commission’ as Bihar CM

Patna: Amid uproar over the comment that he used to get “commission” in developmental projects, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today said he used the expression symbolically to highlight that money travelled to such a high post and did not mean actually getting it.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram ManjhiPhoto : PTI
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi
Photo : PTI

But, Manjhi’s remark has landed him in trouble with JD(U) legislator and party spokesman Niraj Kumar writing a letter to state police chief to file an FIR against the CM for admitting that he received “commission”.

“I have written a letter to DGP P K Thakur that an FIR be registered against Manjhi under Anti Corruption Act, 1989 and Indian Evidence Act, 1872 saying this was a self-confessed statement and a case be registered against him (Manjhi) and the matter be sent to court for lawful action,” Niraj Kumar told PTI giving details of his letter to the DGP.

Manjhi while addressing a function had yesterday said, “engineers and technocrats used to escalate cost of bridge construction projects and used to pay some share to contractors and some to me even.”

When mediapersons asked Manjhi this afternoon how much he used to get as “commission” in the capacity of being CM, he said he uttered “symbolic” things to highlight that money used to come to even such a high level but actually he did not take money as CM.