BIHAR branch of IAS Officer’s Association has said, it is “deeply angered and anguished” at the late-night arrest of 1987 batch IAS and chairman of Bihar Staff Selection Commission Sudhir Kumar, demanding that the case be transferred to the CBI for the sake of justice, independence and fair play. Kumar was arrested on Friday at Hazaribagh in neighbouring Jharkhand by the state-government-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with a case of…leaking of question papers in a recruitment examination held last month. The officer was later taken to Beur Central Jail located at the outskirts of Bihar’s capital city, Patna.
According to reports, four of the officer’s relatives including his professor brother, wife, daughter-in-law and a nephew were also taken into custody in the case. Some of the officer’s kin also appeared for the examination, leading to the suspicion that the officer could have some role in the case. The leaked question papers were shared through Whatsapp, forcing the Commission to scrap the examination. Kumar was earlier interrogated by the SIT, but his arrest was a surprise to many.
In a statement, the Bihar branch of IAS Officer’s Association has described Kumar as one of the “most honest, sincere and competent officers of the cadre”, adding that the Association had decided to bear all the legal and other related expenses on his behalf. “Mr Kumar has all along been cooperating with the investigation, and therefore, the arrest is absolutely unwarranted”, the Association said in its statement.
On a social media site, the Central IAS Association says, it seconds the Bihar chapter’s views.
“Arbitrary arrests of honest and sincere IAS officers is not done. We stand by Bihar IAS Association and seek justice”, it tweets on Saturday.