| Alok Kumar |
Feb. 7: A special vigilance court in Muzaffarpur today rejected the anticipatory bail petition of suspended Saran deputy inspector-general (DIG) Alok Kumar.
Kumar had moved the court yesterday seeking bail as he apprehended his arrest in connection with an extortion case lodged with the economic offence unit police station in Patna.
Special public prosecutor (Muzaffarpur) P.K. Shahi said Kumar had submitted a petition in the special vigilance court headed by Arun Kumar Singh. The plea was put for hearing today. ďThe bail petition was rejected on the ground that it was not maintainable,Ē he said, adding that the name of the petitioner (Kumar) did not figure in the accused column of the FIR.
Sources in the police headquarters said Kumar had been served notice twice by the economic offence unit police station, asking him to appear before the investigating officer of the case. Kumar, however, has not yet responded to the notices as he was stated to be out of station (Patna).
Kumar had earlier proceeded on a weekís leave.
The DIG was suspended by the state government on February 5 and directed to remain attached to the office of the additional director-general of the Bihar Military Police during the period of his suspension. The ministry of home affairs has also been apprised of the action initiated against Kumar, who had earlier served as the Patna senior superintendent of police.
The economic offence unit police station, which is probing the charges against Kumar, a 1997 batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, has arrested three alleged associates of the officer and recorded their statements before the special vigilance court in Muzaffarpur. The statements of three others have also been recorded.
Sources said Kumar, on inter-state deputation since 2010, might be repatriated to his parent cadre so that he could not influence the investigation.
The economic offence unit police station lodged the case against him on the basis of a written complaint submitted to the director-general of police, Abhayanand, by Tunaji Pandey, a representative of a liquor manufacturing firm.