BSSC chairman Sudhir Kumar arrested in connection with multi-crore job scam

The Bihar Staff Selection Commission chairman Sudhir Kumar was on Friday arrested by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) 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. Question papers of commission examinations were printed at Ahmedabad.

Media quoting police sources reported that four of his family members have also been detained in the question paper leak case. Kumar, who had earlier served as state home secretary, and his relatives were arrested in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand, where the officer had gone on a short leave.

Friday's arrest came after Mr Kumar's relatives allegedly told the police that the 1987 batch IAS officer used to get them advance copies of the question paper.

"Sudhir Kumar has been made scapegoat in this high-profile corruption case involving government officials and crores of rupees".

BSSC Chairman Sudhir Kumar has been arrested with regard to the BSSC exam paper leak.

Police said Mr Kumar was arrested along with four others including his two nephews.

Twenty-nine people have been arrested in connection with the paper leak.

The Association in a press release also termed the arrest as "completely unwarranted" and demanded his immediate release, saying Kumar is an honest and sincere officer and was cooperating in the investigation. Following this, the exam which was conducted in two parts on February 5 and 8 was cancelled.

In a statement, the Bihar IAS officers' association - that said it was "angered and anguished" at the development - called Mr Kumar "one of the finest officers" and pledged to "fight tooth and nail" for his cause.

  • Leroy Wright