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‘Grand alliance’ rift leaves top police posts vacant in Bihar

The apex court has summoned the home secretary of Bihar in connection with a large number of police vacancies in the state, as postings remain on hold due to a ‘rift’ among ruling alliance parties.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2017 20:15 IST
Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
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A large number of vacancies in the police force in Bihar has caught the attention of the supreme court. (File photo )

At a time when the supreme court has expressed its serious concern about the large number of police vacancies in Bihar, among six states, differences within the ruling ‘grand alliance’ (GA) appeared to have played a significant role in the persistence of the vacancies.

Top sources said a large number of police transfers and postings were overdue. But they were not happening since May 2016, allegedly because the constituent parties of the ruling GA - the RJD, JD (U) and the Congress,were unable to reach any agreement as to how the transfers and postings were to be ‘shared’ among the partners.

“There is much talk that an internal power-tussle in GA,is not allowing transfers to happen,” said a police officer.

As such, the home secretary of Bihar, who, along with his equal numbers in five other states, has to appear in the supreme court on Friday, to assist it “in preparing a definite roadmap to fill the vacancies”.in the police force, may have some tough questions to answer.

He may, for instance, have to explain why the Bihar government had kept a number of crucial IPS posts vacant while it had given multiple assignments to some officers and left several other officers languishing for want of any effective posting..

While hearing a case on Monday, an apex court bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, had noted, among other things, that Bihar had 34,251 police vacancies against the total strength of 72,132.

It is in connection with this case that the Bihar home secretary, or a senior rank official representing him, has to appear in the supreme court, on Friday.

Sources said, the scenario was that there were just 177 IPS officers in Bihar, as against the sanctioned strength of 231. However, another side of the story was that there were several officers holding additional charges of up to three departments, even as many others were languishing on ‘insignificant’ posts.

So, whereas ADG (special branch) Sunil Kumar is holding the additional charge of ADG (headquarters), even after he was promoted to the rank of director general (DG) on January 16 , Amarendra Kumar Ambedkar, who was promoted to the rank of ADG, is still hold his pre-promotion post of IG (Training),for the past three months.

Upendra Kumar Sinha, Satish Kumar and Gopal Prasad, who have been promoted from DIG to the rank of IG, are also holding their pre-promotion DIG posts. The same is the case with SP rank officers, Vikas Vaibhav, Rajesh Kumar and Anil Kumar Singh, who have been promoted to the rank of DIG..

Police headquarters sources said key posts, without full time occupants, at present included those of IG (economic offence unit), IG (CID), DIG (administration), DIG (anti-dacoity), DIG (personnel), DIG (provision), DIG (EoU), DIG Kosi range, DIG (Munger), DIG (east Bhagalpur), DIG (Darbhanga), DIG (Vigilance investigation bureau), DIG (human rights commission), SP (weaker section and women cell), SP (economic offences and cyber cell), SP (security) and SP (Vigilance).

Similarly, the post of DG (Bihar police Academy) has been lying vacant since the superannuation of previous incumbent Sunit Kumar. DG (training) KS Dwivedi is holding the additional charge of Bihar police academy, as well as of chairman of central constable recruitment board.

Premier investigating units like vigilance investigation bureau (VIB) and economic offence unit (EOU), budget-cum-appeal and welfare, have also been under additional charge.

First Published: Apr 19, 2017 20:15 IST