Job exam scam: Bihar IAS officer faces tough times in jail
IAS officer Sudhir Kumar, arrested on Friday in connection with the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) question paper leak scandal, spent ‘sleepless’ nights on Friday and Saturday at Phulwarisharif jail in south-western fringes of the state capital.
Sources said Kumar, a 1987 batch IAS officer and was serving as BSSC chairman when the leak took place, spent the first night in Amad ward of Phulwarisharif jail, availing only minimal basic facilities. The next day, he was shifted to the general ward of the jail.
“He has been given a bedsheet for lying on the floor for sleeping while one blanket has also provided to him to use in the night. He has not been even given facilities like newspaper, TV and internet facilities. He has to wait for his turn to read the newspaper that comes for the ward as a whole,” jail sources told HT.
“He has to get up at 5 am like other prisoners and submit to counting, as per the jail manual. “Kumar, like BSSC former secretary Parmeshwar Ram, lodged in Beur jail, also in outskirts of Patna, are fully devoid of luxuries they may be used to”, said a source.
He said Kumar, like Ram, had been subject to all the rules to which any ordinary prisoner had to submit. “They even have to wait for their turn to take bath.
Other sources said that Kumar ate rice, daal and mixed vegetables on Friday noon. He spent his whole day on his bed. In the evening, he took a cup of tea. At night, jail official sent him for dinner bread, daal and eggs. But he ate bread, daal and vegetables, the source added.
A police special investigation team (SIT) had arrested Kumar and his three relatives after picking them up from Hazaribagh on February 24, in connection with the leaking of question papers of BSSC intermediate level examination, 2017. The BSSC secretary was earlier arrested in the same case on February 8.