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Ranchi-born CBI Officer, Now In The Middle Of Controversy, Helped The Main Accused In Srijan Scam?

"No sincere effort has ever been made to nab the main accused for obvious reasons," a CBI officer said.

In August 2017, an arrest warrant was issued against Priya Kumar and her husband Amit Kumar, the two main accused in the Rs 1,400 crore Srijan Scam. The duo still remains at large after a year, due to their alleged proximity with a top Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official posted in New Delhi.

According to The Telegraph report, Priya’s father, Anandi Brahma enjoyed a close friendship with Ranchi-born top ranking CBI officer. Amit and Priya are also the son and daughter-in-law of the late Manorama Devi, founder of the Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited. This Ranchi-born IPS officer was also close to Devi.

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“No sincere effort has ever been made to nab the main accused for obvious reasons. The couple’s family has political backing. A team had visited Ranchi Jharkhand, soon after the agency took over the investigation on August 24 last year,” a source in the investigation agency told The Telegraph.

Amit and Priya have been on the run since August 23, 2017.

A CBI official, said on condition of anonymity, “The families of both Priya and Amit have political as well as bureaucratic connections.” Priya is also said to have good relations with a Union Minister from Jharkhand.

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Reportedly, the Ranchi-born CBI officer is now in the middle of a huge controversy surrounding the investigation agency. “The officer in question had been associated with the probe into multi-crore fodder scam too,” the official added. This appears to be a veiled reference to CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Asthana was born and raised in Ranchi, and had probed the fodder scam as well.

CBI Director Alok Verma had been probing Asthana for bribery and corruption and had filed an FIR against him on Monday.

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