Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kapoor, Lalu aide yet to submit receipts related to four foreign trips

Lalu aide asked to produce receipts 16 years on

State government gives Kapoor 15 days to submit bills related to four foreign trips in 1995

The Bihar state government has asked Dr Mukul Kishore Kapoor, a close aide to former chief minister Lalu Prasad, to submit receipts of expenses he incurred during official visits to Singapore, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom 16 years ago.

Kapoor was private secretary then to Prasad — now the national chief of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

The government request was made in a notice issued by the Cabinet Secretariat Department of Bihar and published as an advertisment in newspapers on 28th August.

Kapoor was part of an official delegation led by Prasad which visited the four countries in 1995 to attract foreign investment to the state. Their efforts hardly paid off.

The delegation, comprising senior state government officials, visited Singapore and Thailand between July 25 and August 1, 1995. They then visited the United States and the United Kingdom between October 6 and October 21 of the same year.

Kapoor has been given 15 days to submit the required documentation, which the state government says will enable it to adjust the advance taken by him during the time he made the foreign trips.

The notice, signed by Ram Udgar Mahato, deputy secretary to the state government, states that action will be taken should Kapoor fail to comply.

In response, Kapoor said there appeared to be a communication problem with the government as he had already assured them he would produce the required documentation.

The RJD, the principal opposition party in Bihar, questioned the government's rationale of seeking the required bills 16 years after the foreign trips.

The party also questioned the use of newspapers to communicate the position and suggested that the state government was being vindictive towards its rivals.

Lata Rani


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