Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Nation | Theft ghost haunts BJP

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    • A year-old theft of Rs 2.6 crore from the BJP headquarters has returned to haunt the party with a man’s attempt to snoop on the bank account of the functionary in charge of the BJP office, Shyam Jaju.

      Chandan Kumar Jha, 32, was allegedly thrashed at the BJP headquarters for his snoop bid and handed over to police last evening, bringing under the glare the December 26, 2008, theft that an embarrassed party had then tried to hush up.

      Jha is a student of the Sadhna Academy of Media Studies, owned by BJP investors’ cell member Dinesh Gupta and patronised by Sadhvi Rithambara and other VHP leaders.

      The snoop bid has raised the question whether Jha was put up to the job.

      “It looks like someone is determined to get to the bottom of the (theft) and see where the money went,” a party source said.

      Yesterday afternoon, Jha had gone to an Andhra Bank branch 200 metres from the BJP office with a photocopy of Jaju’s PAN card, the police said.

      He allegedly pretended to be Jaju and asked for an account statement for 2008-09.

      The manager got suspicious, called Jaju to cross-check and then detained the impostor.

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