Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) chairman Sudhir Kumar has been arrested from Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh in connection with the multi-crore job scam.
He was produced in the Hazaribagh court and brought to Patna on transit remand for further investigation. Police said Kumar, a 1987 batch IAS officer and four of his family members had been arrested.
The multi-crore job scam was exposed after the question paper of the exams conducted by BSSC for posts of clerks in Bihar government were leaked and accessible on the social media before the exam. More than two dozen people have been arrested in the scam including the secretary of BSSC Parmeshwar Ram.
The Bihar government cancelled the four phase exams, the exams were conducted on January 29, February 5, February 12 and 19.
According to police sources, two Bihar ministers and several legislators from the ruling party have been involved in this case.
Kumar confessed all the BSSC conducted appointments in the state government and exams were done on the basis of favouritism and recommendation. He also said politicians were also involved in the scam and he got regular recommendations and calls for favouritism from the ministers. Kumar stated often the politicians came to his office and forced him to do the job.
The IAS association protested Kumar’s arrest and decided to meet Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to discuss the matter. They demanded a CBI enquiry. Even RJD MLA Lalu Prasad defended Kumar, said he is an honest and hardworking officer.
The investigation team arrested the owner of Confisec Printers, Vinit Kumar Agarwal and its manager Ajay Kumar from Ahmedabad. Police suspected the printing press could have been the source of the leak.
Last year, Bihar had faced trouble in a similar scam case of the Bihar School Examination Board toppers in which the Chairperson of the BSEB Lalkeshwar Singh, Secretary and proprietor of an intermediate college Bachha Rai were arrested.