Bihar IAS officers protest colleague's arrest say wont 'obey' verbal orders

Patna, Feb 26 (IANS) Bihar's IAS Association members on Sunday protested against arrest of their senior colleague Sudhir Kumar in connection with question paper leak of Bihar Staff Selection Commission last week.

The IAS association, after holding its meeting here, described his arrest as "wrong".

More than 50 IAS officers, ranging from Principal Secretaries to District Magistrates, took to roads, forming a human chain to protest against arrest of Sudhir Kumar, the BSSC chairman.

This is first time in Bihar that IAS officers have staged a protest.

The arrest of a senior Bihar bureaucrat in the multi-crore employment scam has snowballed into a fight between the officers and the state government.

Expressing anger over the arrest of senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar, the Bihar branch of IAS officers' Association has resolved that none of its member would accept posts of chairman of BSCC and other such posts and would not take verbal instruction from higher office including the Chief Minister's Office, unless given in writing.

The association has demanded the case be transferred to the CBI in the interest of independent inquiry, equity, justice and fair play.

"The Association is deeply anguished and angered by the manner in which the SIT has arrested the officer... Kumar is one of the finest officers of the cadre and the Association stands by the credentials of the officer," it said in a statement.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the multi-crore employment scam in Bihar has arrested Kumar, the chairman of the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSCC), from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand on February 24 for allegedly playing a key role in the scam. (with PTI inputs)







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