Will not obey any verbal order, says Bihar IAS association

RSTV Bureau
Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) National President Nitish Kumar addresses during the party's Karyakarta Sammelan in New Delhi on Saturday.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. File Photo – PTI

Agitated over the arrest of Bihar Staff Selection Commission Chairman Sudhir Kumar in connection with paper leak scam, the states bureaucrat’s body stated that they will not obey with any verbal instructions, even if it comes from the Chief Minister’s office. Submitting a resolution to Governor Ram Nath Kovind, they also demanded a CBI probe into Sudhir Kumar arrest.

The resolution said, “It has also resolved that all further verbal instructions from any high office including the office of the Chief Minister shall not be complied with unless given in writing.”

The extraordinary general body meeting of Association, held on Sunday, was attended by 110 officers in which they also demanded Kumar’s immediate release, Association’s Bihar Branch Treasurer and IAS Officer Dipak Kumar Singh said.

“A resolution was passed at the extraordinary general body meeting. A delegation met Governor Sri Ram Nath Kovind while the rest of the officers stood outside the Governor’s house in a human chain,” Singh said.

Earlier, the Association in its meeting on February 24, the day Kumar was arrested by the SIT, had demanded for a CBI inquiry to ensure an independent and fair probe.

“The CBI will be in a better position to independently establish the links beyond the officials as repeated reports have suggested interference and/or patronage of persons with clout,” according to the resolution.

A copy of the resolution will also be submitted to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar whom the Association has already met in this regard. The delegation would also meet Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, Speaker Vijay Choudhary and Leader of Opposition Sushil Modi.

Earlier, the IAS officers’ body had expressed “anger” over the arrest of senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar and said that it would fight “tooth and nail” against the move calling him as “the most honest, sincere and competent officer”.

“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 had 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 inputs from the PTI)