They have now been asked by the state government to appear before the authorities within 10 days
Patna: Two senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officials have been on the run for several months in Bihar over fears that they could be arrested in corruption cases in which they are wanted for questioning.
CK Anil and SM Raju — both 1991 batch IAS officers — have now been asked by the state government to appear before the authorities concerned within 10 days with all the relevant documents to prove their innocence failing which departmental proceedings would be initiated against them.
Anil, who was serving as the Officer on Special Duty with the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC), went missing since February this year after the question paper leak scam surfaced in the department concerned, authorities said.
The official is accused of helping his department chairman Sudhir Kumar arrange a cell phone for him and also getting his leave sanctioned by allegedly submitting a fake letter while the former went into hiding after the scam surfaced.
Subsequently, Anil was served the notice to appear before the Special Investigation Team probing the scandal in March but he failed to oblige.
Some two months later, he informed his department through a letter that he has suffered injuries while playing tennis and that he is under treatment. He rejected the allegations that he is absconding. Since then he has been absconding from his office.
Authorities said later he sent many applications extending his leave but they were rejected.
In March, the question paper leak scandal was transferred to the vigilance court from the Patna City civil court. “The step was necessitated after the SIT requested the court to include sections under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Information Technology Act, 2000 in the case against the accused involved in the racket,” according to media reports.
During the investigation, police found the case true and arrested several top BSSC officials who included chairman Sudhir Kumar, IAS, and secretary Parmeshwar Ram. Both are in jail now.
Likewise, Raju, who served as the secretary to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Department, has been absconding from his office since December last year when a mega scholarship scam surfaced in the department.
The scam involves fraudulent withdrawal of money meant to be paid to the SC/ST students pursuing higher studies. Reports said the money was not paid to the genuine students doing engineering courses. Instead it was withdrawn in the name of fake students. Authorities say the scam runs into more Rs500 million (Dh28.6 million).
Authorities probing the case found incriminating evidence against Raju and he was suspended in January. Since then he has gone missing both from his office and his official residence. Reports said he was served many notices to appear before the authorities concerned for interrogation.