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Warrants against 7,000 officials in Jharkhand

The warrants vary from bailable to non-bailable ones and include constables, top cops, forest officials and others.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 15:10 IST

A shocking list of 7,000 government officials in Jhakhand, ranging from the lower ranks to the top brass, face arrest warrants relating to various kinds of offences against them.

According to a source in the police department, the figure came to light after the police headquarters asked all the 22 districts to submit a report of the number of government officials against whom warrants have been issued.

The warrants vary from bailable to non-bailable ones and include constables, top cops, forest officials and others.

"The state government has sought the list of government officials who are facing warrants. The report is likely to be presented in the state assembly in the on-going session," a government source said on the condition of anonymity.

"The name of suspended Inspector General of Police PS Natarajan also figures in the list," he said.

Natarajan went underground after a TV channel expose showing the official in a compromising position with a tribal woman in August last year.

Among the districts, Bokaro tops the list with warrants against 1,500 government employees followed by 1,200 in Ranchi and 1,130 in the steel city of Jamshedpur.

"There are several forest officials and administrative officers in the list," said the source.

The Jharkhand High Court too had earlier sought a list of tainted government officials.

The state government had given names of more than 300 officials including administrative, police and forest service officials.

Besides these warrants, over 17,000 warrants are pending against criminals who are evading arrest.

The state police had submitted a list to the election commission in January giving the name of absconders who are evading arrest since the past six months and whose names are to be struck off the voter list.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 15:10 IST