Now Bihar govt to crack whip on IAS Probationer’s persecutors
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar government has directed principal secretary, cabinet vigilance, Dharmendra Singh Gangwar to fix the responsibility on the officials of the bureau who allegedly framed false charges against the 2013 batch IAS officer, Jitendra Gupta, last July.
Gangwar has been asked to submit the action taken report at the earliest.
As widely reported Gupta was arrested by a team of the Vigilance Investigation Bureau on bribery charges on July 13, 2016, while he was serving as the sub-divisional officer at Mohania in Kaimur district. The raiding team had shown recovery of Rs 80,000 cash from Gupta’s driver as proof of their allegations.
The action reportedly came after Gupta had ‘exposed’ the nexus of the ‘entry mafia’ with the police to facilitate the entry of overloaded trucks and goods carriers without proper permits and papers into Bihar a. This causes a huge loss of revenue to the state.
On October 28 last the Patna High Court had quashed the case against Gupta and exonerated him of all charges. The Bihar government also withdrew the charges.
Gupta had sought his cadre transfer on the plea that it would not be possible for him to discharge his duty under such circumstances in Bihar. The officer had maintained that the action against him was not only malicious but also smacked of a larger conspiracy.
The Supreme Court, in an order passed earlier this month, asked the Union government to consider Gupta’s plea that he be released from his parent cadre owing to what he said was threat to his life and violation of his fundamental rights.
He had filed a writ in the Supreme Court, asking for a change of cadre and demanded “exemplary” monetary compensation for damages and defamation and action against those who violated the law.
The IAS Officers Association had from the very beginning blamed police for falsely implicating Gupta.