The IAS officers’ association on Sunday unanimously resolved that proper safeguards and transparency should be maintained in carrying out trap cases against government officers in the state so that they were not subjected to harassment or framed in false cases.
The resolution was passed in the light of the recent arrest of SDM, Mohania, Jitendra Gupta on charges of accepting bribe from truckers. Gupta, a 2013 batch IAS officer, is lodged in jail at present.
The meeting also resolved to meet chief minister Nitish Kumar and governor Ram Nath Kovind in coming days and submit to them a memorandum in this regard, said R Lakhsmanan, an office-bearer of the association.
“We are not defending anybody. But we insist that there should be proper safeguards and transparency in carrying out trap cases against government officers, as done by the CBI and central agencies,” said a senior member of the association.
The arrest of Gupta has been condemned by the association, which has held several meetings in past few days to discuss the implication of the case and to express their solidarity with the officer.
The association has also called the vigilance raid on Gupta ‘procedural impropriety’, highlighting how basic tenets of the law were not followed in the arrest.
On their part, the police have defended the raid and claimed that they laid the trap on the IAS officer after getting complaints from truckers. They said they seized incriminating documents from the vehicle of the arrested officer, holding the additional charge of DCLR, Kaimur.
Sleuths recovered Rs 80,000 from the driver of the officer during the raid in the intervening night of Tuesday/Wednesday at a checkpost in Kaimur district, bordering UP. Gupta was accused of accepting bribe of Rs 80,000 for releasing four overloaded trucks.