Patna, Apr 17 : Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi today created a political storm by alleging that RJD chief Lalu Prasad had approached senior BJP leader and Union Minister Arun Jaitley with a promise that he would topple the JD (U) government if he was helped in CBI`s probe into the fodder scam of which Mr Prasad was an accused.
Senior BJP leader Mr Modi told newspersons at state BJP headquarters here that Jharkhand High Court had given its verdict in favour of the RJD chief in a case of fodder scam on November 4, 2014, ordering that there was no need for separate trial of other cases related to the scam. He said that CBI had challenged the High Court`s verdict in the Supreme Court prompting Mr Prasad to send his special messenger and former union minister Prem Gupta to Mr Jaitley.
Mr Modi said that Mr Prasad through Mr Gupta had prayed to Mr Jaitely for help requesting him to exercise his authority to ensure that CBI did not challenge Jharkhand High Court`s verdict in the apex court. Mr Gupta had told Mr Jaitely that if Mr Prasad was extended support, the latter would topple the JD (U) government within 24 hours, he said adding that both the RJD chief and Mr Gupta had met Mr Jaitely later.
On the request of Mr Prasad, Mr Jaitely had clearly said that he could not interfere with the functioning of CBI in any manner as it was an autonomous institution, Mr Modi added. UNI