New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Bihar government and CAG seeking their reply in connection with the alleged financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 67,000 crore in advance contingency bills and detailed contingency bills (AC-DC bill).

Hearing a PIL filed by Arvind Sharma, Justice DK Jain and Justice AR Dev directed the Bihar government and the CAG to file their reply within four weeks.

Mukul Rahtogi, petitioner’s counsel argued that the CAG report has accepted irregularities in the AC-DC bills during the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, hence, a CBI probe into the case must be ordered.

According to available records, it was revealed that out of the total withdrawal of Rs 11,924.44 crore on advance contingency bills, only Rs 511.90 crores were submitted to the Accountant-General of the state whereas no DC bills were submitted.

The petitioner also alleged that the state government has not submitted the detailed expenditure on centrally sponsored schemes since 2002.

Earlier on July 15, 2010, the petitioner while demanding a CBI probe into the matter had asked the Patna High Court to intervene into the matter. At that time, the state government had filed a petition for reconsideration, the High Court had said that as the CAG is already examining the matter the case can’t be handed over to the CBI.

(JPN/Bureau)