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Bihar MLCs submit fake bills for travel refunds

Last updated on: April 11, 2012 14:35 IST

It seems as if Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's war against corruption is a mere slogan for his members of Legislative Council. Recent audit has revealed that they submitted fake bills to claim travel allowance of lakhs of rupees from 2006 to 2011, officials on Wednesday said.

"The act was detected by audit officials of the principal accountant general's office of Bihar," an official said on condition of anonymity," official said.

According to officials, it appears that act was part to mint money illegally. MLCs claimed reimbursements by showing visits to far-off places on the same date.

Some MLCs have claimed reimbursements by showing visits to Hyderabad, Secundarabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and other places in the country on the same date.

"It was their overconfident move to show they had travelled to all these places on the same day that got them caught," an official said.

Even some ruling party MLCs have wrongly mentioned the distance of the destination travelled by road to claim higher reimbursement. The auditors have questioned how the reimbursement were paid to them by the accounts department of the council.

M I Khan in Patna