The Nitish Kumar government has served show cause notice to two dozen IAS officers who had assembled at the Raj Bhawan on February 26 to protest the arrest of senior IAS officer and chairman of Bihar Staff Selection Commission, Sudhir Kumar in the multi-crore job scam.
Of the two dozen IAS officers, 18 are district magistrates who supported Sudhir Kumar demanding his release. The government, in the crack down mode, has sought an explanation from the district magistrates who permitted the officers to leave the district headquarters and gather at Raj Bhawan for the protest.
It may be noted that soon after Sudhir Kumar was arrested on February 24 and sent to jail in the job scam, the IAS association had launched a massive protest. The association first met chief minister Nitish Kumar and later Governor Ram Nath Kobind and submitted a memorandum on the issue alleging that the senior IAS officer was being wrongly framed in the scam.
IAS ASSOCIATION FORMED HUMAN CHAIN AS MARK OF PROTEST
After meeting the governor, the association members demanded that the case should be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a fair probe as they did not trust the Special Investigation Team's (SIT) probe which was set up by the chief minister. Members of the IAS association also formed a human chain in support of Sudhir Kumar much to the anger of the state government.
The association upped the ante on Nitish Kumar and passed a resolution not to take any verbal orders from him and wear black bands to work as a mark of protest.
Interestingly, the notice was served to the IAS officers after Nitish Kumar announced on the floor of the House on February 28 that he will take exemplary action against the protestors.