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Bihar IAS officers in conflict with law, earlier

At least a dozen Bihar bureaucrats have come in conflict with law, leading to many of them being jailed, as convicts or undertrials, others being suspended, many being absolved subsequently, while a few were even dismissed from service.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2017 12:37 IST
Ruchir Kumar and Bedanti Saran
Old timers recollect that the tryst with law for Bihar IAS officers began in the mid-1950s.
Old timers recollect that the tryst with law for Bihar IAS officers began in the mid-1950s. (Representative image)

The Sudhir Kumar episode is not the first time that a Bihar cadre IAS officer has had a brush with the law.

At least a dozen state bureaucrats have come in conflict with law, leading to many of them being jailed, as convicts or undertrials, others being suspended, many being absolved subsequently, while a few were even dismissed from service.

Old timers recollect that the tryst with law for state IAS officers began with Bhupendra Narain, then sub-divisional officer, Araria, being dismissed from service in the mid-1950s. The action was taken after the officer claimed false travelling allowance (TA) bill.

Another officer who faced the heat was Satish Bhatnagar, who was accused of corruption in the lottery scam in late 1960s.

Brajnandan Sinha, former industrial development commissioner and commissioner of river valley project, was awarded compulsory retirement in early 1970s on charges of corruption in the Tenughat project.

The infamous animal husbandry scam in 1996 saw six IAS officers being convicted and jailed. Among them were Beck Julius, Mahesh Prasad, the late K Arumugam, Phool Chand Singh, Sajal Chakroborty and Sripati Narayan Dubey.

The Jharkhand high court acquitted Chakroborty in 2012, following which the CBI recently moved the Supreme Court.

Julius, Prasad, Arumugam and Singh, all of whom were secretaries in the animal husbandry department (AHD) at some point in time, were charged with conniving with scamsters in the animal husbandry scam. They allegedly did not initiate action to find out the reason for alarming excess withdrawals from the AHD.

Against a budgetary allocation of Rs 74.40 crore for the AHD, Rs 245.01 crore was withdrawn from different government treasuries in 1994-95.

Others to have faced the heat were Gautam Goswami for alleged connivance in flood relief scam, SS Verma in a disproportionate assets case, K Senthil Kumar for alleged irregularities in Patna Municipal Corporation and SM Raju in SC/ST scholarship scam.

Jitendra Gupta, as SDM of Mohania, also had to ride roughshod before the FIR against him was quashed by the Supreme Court. He was accused of corruption charges for detaining trucks to allegedly extract bribe.