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26 February 2017, 12:59 | Clarence Schmidt
Bihar SSC chairman Sudhir Kumar arrested in exam paper leak case, IAS Officers' Association angered
Kumar, a 1987-batch IAS officer of Principal Secretary level, was arrested along with his brother Awadhesh Kumar, sister-in-law Manju Devi and nephew Ashish Kumar from Patna.
Bihar Staff Selection Commission chairman Sudhir Kumar was today arrested by a Special Investigation Team in connection with the paper leak scam in clerical-grade recruitment examination even as the IAS Officers Association demanded a CBI inquiry to ensure an independent and fair probe.
The SIT said the arrest was made after gathering adequate technical evidence.
"The official would be asked how the question paper seal was broken hours before the start of examination and why he did not report it to the higher authorities about the leak".
Almost three dozen of people have been arrested including Mr Kumar's number two in the commission, Parmeshwar Ram. The SIT team has also arrested owner of the printing press from Ahmedabad where question papers were printed.
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The examination is conducted for appointment of clerks in the state government, the first phase of which was held on February 5.
Asked if the questions and answers were leaked to the relatives of the IAS officer, Maharaj said the possibility could not be ruled out.
Secretary of the Bihar branch of the IAS Officers' Association, Vivek Singh, has expressed the officers' concerns to the Bihar Chief Secretary and also sought time from the Chief Minister.
The Association said that they will continue to stand by them and will fight for them. 29 people have so far been arrested in the paper leak case. More than 17.5 lakh candidates were to appear for the four-phase preliminary test.
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