Sudhir Kumar, BSSC i.e. Bihar Staff Selection Commission, a 1987 batch IAS officer was arrested on Friday for alleged participation in the job scam that had astounded the state previous this month. He was later taken to Beur Central jail, on Patna’s outer edge.
The administrator’s brother, Awadesh Kumar and sister’s son Ashish Kumar all along with Awadheshi’s wife Manju Devi were also in detention. Awadesh is a geography professor at the premier Patna Women’s College. Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj who is heading a special investigation team i.e. SIT formed at chief minister Nitish Kumar’s request to query the leak of questions for the four phase examinations for 13,120 Intermediate level clerical questions alleged that ‘ we have also taken into charge Ashish’s friend Sajjad Ahmed and BSSC’s IT manager Niti Pratap Singh’.
He added that ‘many additional arrests are likely’. Kumar who served as home secretary throughout the Jitan Ram Majhi regime for August 2014 – Feb 2015 was later brought to Patna and after cross-examination was put up on a veterinary college campus. He with other five were produced in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate i.e ACJM in the afternoon.
Members of Bihar IAS officers association afterward submitted a memorandum to chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and net chief Nitish Kumar in the evening to catalog their protest over the arrest of the 1987 batch officer and to look for his release. The memorandum described as ‘one of the most excellent officers of the cadre’ and sought transfer of the BSSC question leak case to the Central Bureau of Investigation i.e. CBI. A senior officer alleged that the timing of the arrest with three days of holiday to pursue also raised query regarding the intention behind it.
Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh alleged that the association members were of the opinion that the arrest was not warranted as he was not running away and in fact regularly attending his office and cooperating with the investigation. He added that;’ we will look into the matter’. If the officer remains under detention for more than 24 hours and is forwarded to jail following production in court, there could be further complications for him, he would be put under suspension as per the civil servants conduct rules.
The examination programmed for January and February current year were fragmented subsequent to the questions started doing the rounds on WhatsApp. Maharaaj told reporters that ‘ We have confirmation to propose the IAS official made available two sets of question papers and answer keys to his five kin. They were in the midst of the 18.5 lakh job aspirants who had applied for the examinations’.
As per the sources, police has obtained a warrant for arrest from a Patna court adjacent to the administrator on Thursday subsequent to what he misled them regarding the question setter and the place of the printing press where the questions were printed. Throughout two rounds of interrogation previously, Sudhir told the SIT the questions had been placing by an IIT Delhi professor. A police officer alleged adding Sudhir subsequent to the second round of questioning went on three days leave from Monday but did not resume duty on Thursday ‘ Our inquiries revealed the professor did not set questions’.
As per the sources, Ashish wrote the exam in the primary phase on 29th January and he told interrogators he had responded 135 out of 150 questions appropriately and deliberately responded fifteen incorrectly. Ashish also accepted before the reporters that the queries and retort keys had been provided to him and others in Hazaribagh by his maternal uncle, Sudhir.
By the way, the Bihar IAS officers ‘association alleged Sudhir was arrested from his in-laws home in Hazirabad, a charge the SIT has denied. Another police officer alleged that ‘Kumar’s participation has been corroborated by the arrested conspirators comprising BSSC secretary Parmeshawar Ram. The police officer added that call detail records also tip to Sudhir’s connection in the scam.
With the arrest of Sudhir, the number of arrests in the case has gone up to 34 comprising a government clerk and schoolteacher, a railway loco pilot and numerous coaching institutes’ administrators. The IAS association have protested Sudhir Kumar’s arrest and determined to congregate Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the issue. RJD chief Lalu Prasad has defended Sudhir Kumar asserting that he is a truthful and diligent officer. He, on the other hand, alleged that more legitimacy will come out subsequent police investigations.
Sudhir Kumar is the second IAS officer to be in prison on corruption charges within a year. The prior year 2013 batch IAS officer and former SDM of Mohania i.e. Kaimur, Dr. Jitendra Gupta was in detention and rapidly suspended though he was afterward released on bail by the Patna High Court. The government also rescinded his suspension later on. At the time also the IAS body had passionately opposed Gupta’s arrest.