On the defence over the corruption scandal that has been gnawing at the newly-minted alliance between his party Janata Dal (United) and the BJP, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has recommended a CBI inquiry into the case. Asked about whether he expected to be called in for questioning, Mr Singh said, "The CBI should have a basis to call people for questioning. I don't think they will call me based just on photographs of me attending certain events."
The Union Minister's comments came as Nitsh Kumar's friend-turned-foe RJD president Lalu Yadav on Sunday demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, saying the state government had not taken any action in the case.
Eighteen people including three government bank officials and an assistant to the District Magistrate of Bhagalpur have been arrested in the case. One of the accused, Mahesh Mandal, who was suffering from cancer and kidney problem, died late last evening.
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