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Bihar IAS officers meet governor, say won’t take CM’s oral orders

Administrative machinery in Bihar cut up over action against officers in BSSC question paper leak and boat tragedy, leading to death of 24 persons

india Updated: Mar 23, 2017 11:49 IST
Arun Kumar and Anirban Guha Roy
Arun Kumar and Anirban Guha Roy
Hindustan Times, Patna
IAS officers formed a human chain outside Raj Bhawan, in Patna.
IAS officers formed a human chain outside Raj Bhawan, in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)

The administrative machinery in Bihar is in turmoil, as the top civil echelon on Sunday decided not to accept any verbal instructions, even from the chief minister. The middle rung of civil and police administration is cut up for different reasons.

While the IAS officers are on warpath, seeking immediate release of Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) chairman Sudhir Kumar, the Bihar Administrative Service Association (BASA), is peeved after the government transferred of its two officers and suspended one for the January 14 boat tragedy, which led to the death of 24 persons.

The Bihar Police Service Association (BPSA), on the other hand, has also taken up cudgels for Sonepur sub-divisional police officer Mohammad Ali Ansari, who has been suspended over the boat tragedy.

In its memorandum to the governor, the association demanded adequate safeguard for officers to work fairly and fearlessly. The association also demanded that a civil officer, not below one who had attained supertime scale, head any probe involving an officer in the rank of sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) or above.

The IAS officers had on Sunday marched up to Raj Bhawan, seeking the governor’s intervention for Kumar’s release. He was arrested last Friday in the BSSC question paper leak case.

The meeting with governor Ram Nath Kovind lasted nearly 20 minutes, ending a nearly six-hour long deliberation of 125-odd IAS officers earlier in the day. The IAS officers’ delegation comprised Dipak Kumar Singh, Vivek Singh, Rahul Singh, Divesh Shehra, Sudhir Kumar Rakesh and Shishir Sinha.

The association had earlier resolved not to accept any verbal instruction even from the chief minister. It also announced that no IAS officer would accept the posts of chairman and controller of the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) or the technical services recruitment board till Kumar got justice.

The association also reiterated its demand for an impartial CBI probe into the BSSC question leak case.

Meanwhile, the BASA also held an emergency meeting to oppose the action taken against three officials. Those in the dock are Patna additional district magistrate (law & order) Rajesh Choudhary, control room in-charge Manzoor Alam and sub-divisional officer, Sonepur, Madan Kumar.

While Choudhary and Alam have been transferred, Kumar has been suspended.

The association has decided to meet chief minister Nitish Kumar for revocation of the suspension and transfer orders.

BASA general secretary Sushil Kumar Singh said the association had also expressed its anguish over the arrest of BSSC secretary Parmeshwar Ram in the paper leak case.

The BPSA was also angry over the suspension of Sonepur  sub-divisional police officer in connection with the boat tragedy. It would meet on Monday to chart its next course of action.

First Published: Feb 27, 2017 12:57 IST